Nazi Laws versus Jim Crow Laws

Jessica Rockhold
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education

Grade Level
9th-12th grade

Subject
Social Studies
Language Arts/Reading

Time Needed
1-2 class period(s)

Introduction
The Nazi legal assault on the Jews between 1933 and 1939 was not unique in its racial character nor in its segregationist aims. As with many Nazi attacks against the Jews, they took ideas and practices that were common in their own and other cultures and radicalized them to suit their needs. The American Jim Crow Laws were part of that inspiration.

This exercise helps students identify similarities and differences in the policy and implementation of American Jim Crow Laws and Nazi antisemitic laws.

Materials
Teacher Instructions
Teacher Notes – Discussion KEY
Jim Crow Laws by State
Nuremberg Laws
Nazi Laws 1933-1939

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