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PBS Film Series: The African Americans - Making a Way Out of No Way 1897-1940

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Racist images in the Jim Crow era were used as propaganda to send messages that demeaned African Americans and legitimized violence against them. A visit to the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan--home to the largest collection of racist memorabilia in the country--reveals racist memorabilia and messages in all forms, from kitchen utensils to postcards featuring images of public whippings. Among the museum's collection is a row of caricatures--the Pickaninny, the Tom, the coon, the tragic mulatto, the Jezebel, the savage.