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On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance

Digital collection. Collections as data and machine learning project examining Jim Crow and racially-based legislation signed into law in North Carolina between Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement.

Time Periods: 1850, 1865
Themes: African American, Slavery and Resistance

On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance uses text mining and machine learning to identify racist language in legal documents, helping expose the wide-ranging effects of Jim/Jane Crow on the American South. The phrase “algorithms of resistance” is in reference to Safiya Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (2018). If algorithms can reinforce racism, could we also use algorithms to fight racism? Instead of proliferating racist ideas, can algorithms help us better study the history of race and advocate for justice?

At On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance, you will find educational resources including curriculum and reading guides, learn about research methods and access tutorials, and more. [Adapted from website.]

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