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10 Things Alaska and Alabama have in Common

7

They Both Battled Jim Crow

A young man stands in the doorway of a store marked "White Only, " circa 1950., in the U.S. South.
A young man stands in the doorway of a store marked "White Only, " circa 1950., in the U.S. South.
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The Jim Crow laws enacted by state and local governments from the late 1800s to the 1960s were a barrier designed to keep blacks and whites separate; they also created a foundation from which the mid-century civil rights movement played out. Many events that served to overturn Jim Crow notions took place in Alabama, including Rosa Parks' infamous Montgomery bus boycott.

Alaska has a largely untold civil rights story, which includes a non-violent fight for equal rights for its indigenous peoples, who were once subject to a variety of Jim Crow restrictions. In fact, Alaskan native Elizabeth Peratrovich is credited with prompting Alaskan legislature in 1945 to pass the first anti-discrimination law in America.

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