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Jim Crow

Jim Crow

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 12 & Up
Rating: TV Y7

Produced for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Jim Crow is a fictionalized account of actual historic events.

The program, delivered in six acts, features voice-over accompanied by graphics and illustrations to explain key moments in the post-Civil War promises, and Constitutional amendments, of citizenship and equality for African Americans. Other acts include dramatic re-imaginings of the Reconstruction period revealing how an ugly backlash led to a system of legal segregation known as "Jim Crow," exploring the harsh realities faced by those living under such institutionalized discrimination. The final act begins with interviews with a diverse group of students talking about Jim Crow and concludes with another docudrama sequence revealing the horrific reality of lynching and the continued social sanctioning of prejudice that persisted well into the 20th century.

This program does not avoid the brutal realities of life under Jim Crow but even young viewers will be able to digest the tough educational content thanks to the subject matter being handled in such a sensitive and intelligent way.

The broadcast version of this program premieres in February 2016 on select PBS stations, so be sure to check your local listings. This important resource is also available to see when visiting Colonial Williamsburg or on an enhanced DVD that includes additional video content and PDF files with a teacher's guide and educational resources, compatible with Windows 2000 or higher and Mac OSX or higher.

Gina Catanzarite   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 9 Emmy awards, 26 Emmy nominations, a Matrix award, two Pennsylvania Broadcaster's Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.

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