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Colourised pictures depicting the brutality of American racism

From segregation laws to white supremacist terrorism, the history of the Jim Crow era is reflected in these newly colourised photos. This era started shortly after the Civil War and lasted into the 1960s. For about 100 years white lawmakers kept racial inequality intact through policies that legally enforced segregation between white and black people in America. This era still cast its shadow over American society today.

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The picture above shows young black prisoners chained together as they work in the fields in an unspecified location in 1903. Historians commonly refer to Jim Crow as “slavery by another name.”.

Feature image from Getty Images colourised by Matt Loughrey.