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 Post subject: Jim Crow History, Eastern Rail Road, Salem Mass.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:48 am 

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A few weeks ago the Washington Post ran an interesting (to me) piece on the history of "Jim Crow". It found that the term originated much earlier than Reconstruction, and that the term was in fact first applied to railroad coaches, and at the very beginning of the railroad era.

There were a series of conflicts, court cases, and legislative initiatives in the 1840s related to Jim Crow segregation in Massachusetts.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/magazine/wp/2019/02/20/feature/the-forgotten-northern-pre-civil-war-origins-of-jim-crow/?utm_term=.2d66532e8582

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 Post subject: Re: Jim Crow History, Eastern Rail Road, Salem Mass.
PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2019 12:25 pm 

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If you want to read more about Jim Crow as it relates to rail transportation, check out Right to Ride by Dr. Blair Kelley. It covers both railroad and streetcar segregation.

https://www.amazon.com/Right-Ride-Streetcar-Boycotts-Citizenship/dp/080787101X


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Crow History, Eastern Rail Road, Salem Mass.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:10 am 

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Here in Australia (and probably elsewhere) a jim crow is a rail bender. They had to stop calling it a jim crow when US servicemen came here during WW2 and worked on the railways, to not cause any offence.


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 Post subject: Re: Jim Crow History, Eastern Rail Road, Salem Mass.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:54 am 

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kew wrote:
Here in Australia (and probably elsewhere) a jim crow is a rail bender. They had to stop calling it a jim crow when US servicemen came here during WW2 and worked on the railways, to not cause any offence.


Certainly used in the UK as well for something similar. My late Father said that the tool they used to use to straighten bent trolley poles on the local trolleybus fleet was known as a "Jim Crow" as well - and that was post WW2.
Presumably the manufacturers trade name for the product?

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