Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow, a current exhibit at the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, explores the struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years after the Civil War. When slavery ended in 1865, a period of Reconstruction began, leading to such achievements as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. By 1868, all persons born in the United States were citizens and equal under the law. But efforts to create an interracial democracy were contested from the start. A harsh backlash ensued, ushering in a half century of the “separate but equal” age of Jim Crow.
This coming Monday, November 5 at 7:00pm, as a part of our Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege, we will be seeing a special presentation on this important topic by NY Historical Society docent Jordan Wouk. Please join us in the Princeton Public Library’s Community Room.