Digital South Panel Series Presents "On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance"
On the Books: Jim Crow and Algorithms of Resistance is a project from the University Libraries that has used text analysis and expert assessments of the North Carolina General Statutes from 1966 to 1967 to identify laws likely to be Jim Crow laws. The laws are available as a plain text corpus and can be searched and visualized on the On the Books website.
Over the past year, two teams of scholars have used products from On the Books in research projects of their own design. Frank Baumgartner, Kaneesha Johnson, and Marty Davidson have worked on “Measuring the Current Effect of Jim Crow Laws in North Carolina,” which analyzed recent arrests in North Carolina to investigate possible connections to Jim Crow laws. Megan Winget and Danita Mason-Hogans’ project, “On the Books, in the Streets, and in the Home: Jim Crow and its Legacy in Orange County, North Carolina,” compared Jim Crow laws to the lived experiences of local community members as described in oral histories.
This program will showcase the fellows’ findings. Each team will present their findings and answer questions about their work. The program will be moderated by On the Books team member Morgan Wilson.