Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow 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.
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Dominique Jean-Louis is an assistant curator of History Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society, where she worked on Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. She is also a doctoral candidate in US History at NYU, where her dissertation work explores Caribbean immigration to New York City in the years following the Civil Rights Movement, examining the impact of schooling on the formation of racial identity. As a public historian, she regularly writes and speaks on New York City and African American history.