Items in the WRLC catalog are organized by Library of Congress Subject Heading in addition to author, title, and call number. Subjects are broken down in hierarchies, from broad to specific. Some items are cataloged under more than one subject heading. Below are some general subject terms related to segregation in the American South:
The Behind the Veil Oral History Project was undertaken by Duke University’s Center for Documentary Studies from 1993 to 1995. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the primary purpose of this documentary project was to record and preserve the living memory of African American life during the age of legal segregation in the American South, from the 1890s to the 1950s. It is the largest single collection of Jim Crow oral histories in the world.
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, declaring that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This decision was pivotal to the struggle for racial desegregation in the United States. This exhibition commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of this landmark judicial case.
A fourteen-year-old boy, Emmett Till, had been brutally murdered and his body thrown in the Tallahatchie River, but despite clear evidence that two white men committed the crime, an all-white jury returned a "Not Guilty" verdict after just an hour of deliberation. [Rosa] Parks wrote, "the news of Emmett's death caused me...to participate in the cry for justice and equal rights." The trial of Roy Bryant and J. W. Milam for the murder of Till shook the conscience of a nation and helped spark the movement for civil rights for black Americans.
Emmett Till Emmett Louis Till (1945-1955) was murdered while visiting relatives in LeFlore, Mississippi. In 1955, two suspects were tried for the murder, but acquitted. In May 2004, the FBI reopened the investigation to determine if other individuals were involved. This release consists of the FBI’s 2006 “Prosecutive Report” on the matter and includes a type-copy of the transcript of the first trial as an appendix.
Millions of black people migrated to the North hoping to escape Jim Crow, only to find “sundown towns,” as wells as schools, neighborhoods, hotels, theaters, and restaurants segregated not by law, but by custom. The North even had its share of Jim Crow “collectibles,” cross-burnings, and lynchings. Jim Crow is said to have ended in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act that outlawed segregation in schools, workplaces, and public accommodations and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that outlawed discriminatory voting practices.
Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture.
Companion website to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's 2006 commemorative exhibit "Separate is not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education." Containing essays, a timeline, an annotated bibliography and more, the site provides a good introduction to events surrounding this important case in American history.
The Nicest Kids in Town examines the early history of American Bandstand, one of the most popular and influential shows in the history of television. Counter to Dick Clark’s claim that he integrated American Bandstand in 1957, my research offers new evidence regarding how American Bandstand became racially segregated and continued to discriminate against black teenagers during its years in Philadelphia, 1952-1964.