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Knowledge of Jim Crow events: A quick, informal survey

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40 Responses

  1. Anon says:

    Male, 34, JD:

    a. Colfax: None

    b. Wilmington: None

    c. St. Louis: None

    d. Tulsa: None

    e. Rosewood: None

    f. The Greensboro Massacre. Little knowledge (used to live in NC, so have heard of it).

    I would say I otherwise have better-than-average knowledge of the civil rights struggle among peers my age; I can tell you who Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner are… though maybe it says something about the world we live in that my best recall is about two dead white guys.

  2. Justmeherenow says:

    M-53-14yrs edu(/approx2yrscollege)

    (a)no (b)no (c)no (d)yes (but thanks to your, Kaimi’s, commentary concerning it once when you were giving context when the MountainMeadowsMassacre was being discussed; then I read the Wikipedia article and googled it) (e)a newspaper article, some googling, and the movie trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1i21vbPevU (f)no

  3. Jerry Stephens says:

    age: 63
    gender: male
    education: JD, PhD (ABD)

    Colfax: some
    Wilmington: some
    St. Louis (i.e., East St. Louis): some
    Tulsa: lots
    Rosewood: some
    Greensboro: some

  4. vanon says:

    age: 26
    gender: male
    education: JD

    (2)(a)-(f): no knowledge of these events, at least by name

  5. Good catch on the St. Louis riot, Jerry — I typed this post up quickly after a day of paper editing, and totally missed putting in that a.k.a. I just added it in now.

  6. pal says:

    Interesting that you want to know gender but not race. I’d think that would be a very significant factor.

  7. I didn’t put race on it? Wow, I was brain-dead when I typed this up. Fixed.

  8. (I was editing my paper at the same time — it makes me think I should go back and check those last few edits again …)

  9. 30/white male/PhD (math, not history or anything like that)

    Little knowledge about each. The names sound familiar, like I’ve run across them before, but never looked into the details.

  10. Bob says:

    25
    Male
    White
    Law student
    No knowledge of any of these events

  11. Anonymous says:

    36/F/caucasian/Masters,JD

    I have little knowledge of The St. Louis Race Riot and the Greensboro Massacre.

    I have no knowledge of the rest.

    I wonder if geography also skews the result. I learned about the St. Louis Race Riot because of where I grew up.

  12. Nate says:

    29/White Male/JD. No knowledge of any of the events. Raised in the Midwest.

  13. Ignorant Prof says:

    Mid-30s, Female, White, Post-Graduate Degrees

    I am familiar with none of these events except Rosewood, and I am familiar with Rosewood only because I happened to read Like Judgment Day kind of randomly.

  14. anonymous says:

    Male, 53, JD:

    a. Colfax: None

    b. Wilmington: None

    c. St. Louis: None

    d. Tulsa: None

    e. Rosewood: Read several articles about it.

    f. The Greensboro Massacre: None

  15. anonymous says:

    Failed to note that I am white.

    Male, 53, JD:

    a. Colfax: None

    b. Wilmington: None

    c. St. Louis: None

    d. Tulsa: None

    e. Rosewood: Read several articles about it.

    f. The Greensboro Massacre: None

  16. anon says:

    31, female, white, BS

    a: the name sounds familiar
    b-f: no clue

  17. anon says:

    27, white female, JD – raised in Chicago

    No knowledge of any of the events.

  18. stefan says:

    42 years old, male, white, Ph.D. in economics.

    a. The Colfax Massacre (a.k.a Colfax Riot) — some knowledge

    b. The Wilmington Race Riot (a.k.a. Wilmington Insurrection) — little knowledge.

    c. The St. Louis Race Riot (a.k.a. East St. Louis Riot) — little knowledge.

    d. The Tulsa Race Riot. — some knowledge

    e. The Rosewood Massacre (a.k.a. Rosewood Race Riot) — none.

    f. The Greensboro Massacre. — none.

    Despite some reading in legal and labor history and US domestic history during WWI my exposure to the political effects of these events is very limited and I’d like to know more about how the politics of them played out in different arenas. ‘Some knowledge’ above often just means ‘I’ve heard about it and it is on my list of questions about how the US worked’.

  19. Law prof says:

    1a. 40
    b. M
    c. White
    d. J.D./M.A. in U.S. history (!)

    2a. Colfax Massacre — some knowledge, but not by name, I had to look it up
    b. Wilmington Race Riot — no knowledge
    c. St. Louis Race Riot — little knowledge
    d. Tulsa Race Riot — some knowledge
    e. Rosewood Massacre — some knowledge
    f. Greensboro Massacre — no knowledge

    My knowledge of 2a and 2d is pretty sketchy, but I believe I read a long newspaper article a couple of years back about either Tulsa or St. Louis. Also, I’ve read a book about Chicago’s race riot in 1919 but that’s not on your list.

  20. Dave says:

    White, M, 45, J.D.

    Heard of Colfax massacre, no knowledge of any of the rest.

  21. A Guy in Seattle says:

    1. Demographic questions
    a. What is your approximate age? 59
    b. What is your gender? Male
    c. What is your race? White
    d. What is your level of education? Some college
    2.
    a. The Colfax Massacre Little knowledge
    b. The Wilmington Race Riot No knowledge
    c. The St. Louis Race Riot Some knowledge
    d. The Tulsa Race Riot. No knowledge
    e. The Rosewood Massacre Lots of knowledge
    f. The Greensboro Massacre. Little knowledge

    It is embarrassing for me to admit I have such little knowledge. I grew up in the South in the ’50s and ’60s, and I remember about “white” and “colored” bathrooms and drinking fountains, so my first-hand knowledge of racism is very good. (Guess I say that in my defense, since I’m very much anti-racist.)

  22. dmv says:

    1a. 26
    1b. Male
    1c. Whitey
    1d. JD

    2a. Little
    2b. None
    2c. Some
    2d. Some
    2e. Little
    2f. Some

  23. Ed says:

    1. 63, white male, JD + masters level courses in history

    2. Colfax — moderate
    Wilmington — none
    St. Louis — none
    Tulsa — moderate
    Rosewood — moderate
    Greensboro — moderate

  24. Marc Bohn says:

    1. Demographic questions
    a. What is your approximate age? 30
    b. What is your gender? M
    c. What is your race? C
    d. What is your level of education? JD

    2. Survey questions.
    a. The Colfax Massacre (a.k.a Colfax Riot) – A little knowledge
    b. The Wilmington Race Riot (a.k.a. Wilmington Insurrection) – None
    c. The St. Louis Race Riot (a.k.a. East St. Louis Riot) – A little knowledge
    d. The Tulsa Race Riot. – None
    e. The Rosewood Massacre (a.k.a. Rosewood Race Riot) – Some knowledge (seen the movie)
    f. The Greensboro Massacre. – A little knowledge

  25. Nathan says:

    1. Demographic questions
    a. What is your approximate age? 35
    b. What is your gender? M
    c. What is your race? White
    d. What is your level of education? Masters

    2. Survey questions.
    a. The Colfax Massacre (a.k.a Colfax Riot) – None
    b. The Wilmington Race Riot (a.k.a. Wilmington Insurrection) – None
    c. The St. Louis Race Riot (a.k.a. East St. Louis Riot) – None. Grew up close to East St. Louis, just know that you don’t want to stop there.
    d. The Tulsa Race Riot. – None
    e. The Rosewood Massacre (a.k.a. Rosewood Race Riot) – None
    f. The Greensboro Massacre. – None

  26. Ian says:

    1. Demographic questions
    a. What is your approximate age? 27
    b. What is your gender? Male
    c. What is your race? White
    d. What is your level of education? Law Student

    2. Survey questions.

    No knowledge of any listed event.

  27. 1.
    a. 23
    b. Male
    c. White
    d. Law student

    2.
    a. The Colfax Massacre (a.k.a Colfax Riot)
    * Some knowledge
    b. The Wilmington Race Riot (a.k.a. Wilmington Insurrection)
    * A little
    c. The St. Louis Race Riot (a.k.a. East St. Louis Riot)
    * None
    d. The Tulsa Race Riot.
    * Some
    e. The Rosewood Massacre (a.k.a. Rosewood Race Riot)
    * None
    f. The Greensboro Massacre.
    * A little

  28. Lessie says:

    1. Demographic questions:
    a. 27
    b. female
    c. Caucasian
    d. bachelor’s degree

    2. Survey questions:
    Little knowledge about a, b and f. I’ve heard of each event, but don’t know anything about them. I’d never heard of c, d and e.

  29. Syd says:

    Demographics:
    a) 57 b) male c) Caucasian, d) Masters, everything but dissertation toward phd

    Some knowledge of Tulsa and Rosewood, a little about Greensboro, pretty much nothing about the rest.

  30. 1.
    a) 52
    b) male
    c) “white” hodgepodge
    d) MA degree

    2.
    a) none
    b) none
    c) some
    d) lots
    e) lots
    f) lots

    Re: “lots”—comparatively speaking, not to the level of “expertise”

  31. david berry says:

    a. What is your approximate age? 50

    b. What is your gender? M

    c. What is your race? Caucasian

    d. What is your level of education? JD, DC

    2. Survey questions. Please state what you consider your level of knowledge about each of these events. Please state whether you have “no knowledge of the event,” “little knowledge of the event,” (you have heard it mentioned, but don’t know what it’s about), “some knowledge,” or “lots of knowledge.” (Yes, it’s not a great methodology, but it’s enough for this purpose.)

    Okay, here goes. Please state what you consider your level of knowledge of:

    a. The Colfax Massacre (a.k.a Colfax Riot)
    None

    b. The Wilmington Race Riot (a.k.a. Wilmington Insurrection)
    None

    c. The St. Louis Race Riot (a.k.a. East St. Louis Riot)
    None
    d. The Tulsa Race Riot.
    None
    e. The Rosewood Massacre (a.k.a. Rosewood Race Riot)
    None
    f. The Greensboro Massacre.
    None

  32. janeannechovy says:

    I’m a 41-year-old white female with a very fine JD that cost me lots of money, but I’ve never heard of any of these events by name.

  33. Brooke says:

    1. Demographic questions
    a. What is your approximate age? 40
    b. What is your gender? Female
    c. What is your race? Hawaiian/Chinese/Caucasian
    d. What is your level of education? Master’s Degree

    2. Survey questions:
    a to e: unfamiliar
    f: somewhat familiar

  34. Anonymous says:

    I’m a 39 year old male American with enough college credits to be called a “senior”, unfamiliar with any of those specific events.

    (“American” race is what is written on every one of my kids’ birth certificate applications.)

  35. john says:

    59
    male
    white
    jd

    I have a fairly good familiarity with each. The Greensboro Massacre is an outlier.

  36. Heronscape says:

    White female, 23, newly acquired JD.

    The only one I vaguely remember studying in school and would recognize enough to say “it was some sort of race related shooting” is the Greenwood Massacre. I’m also from the South, which may explain that.

  37. Ann Bartow says:

    Late now I guess but consider adding the Orangeburg Massacre:
    http://www.orangeburgmassacre1968.com/

  38. Anita says:

    I know this is a few years later, but I would like to know if you drew any conclusions from this survey. I am thinking of asking people if they know what Jim Crow means. Thanks! asheth@uarts.edu

  39. Andrea Saren says:

    63 year old white female college graduate (so long ago that LBJ’s maxim applies, “an education is what you have left when you’ve forgotten everything you learned.”)

    Had not ever heard of any of these. Thank you for this information; will go look them up.

    But I’m not surprised; I was talking to someone about the Vietnam War the other day and he did not realize that millions of Vietnamese died. He was also unaware that 500,000 Iraqis died because of the sanctions on Iraq for over a decade.

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