When Heroes Faced Down Injustice and Terror

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Surely a must for all future collecting by American libraries - THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, a new PBS series starting tonight."

The NYTimes Says The four hours include chilling descriptions and unbearable pictures of lynchings, some well into the 20th century. A third-generation Klansman recalls one he attended as a child, describing the hanging as matter-of-factly as if it had been a football game. To Vernon Jarrett, a journalist, ritualized lynching of blacks had "religious and patriotic connotations," a worship of segregation.