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Definition of Jim Crow noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


Jim Crow

NAmE//ˌdʒɪm ˈkroʊ//
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the former practice in the U.S. of using laws that allowed black people to be treated unfairly and kept separate from white people, for example in schools From the name of a black character in a song that was sung on the cotton plantations.
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