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The NAACP worked to eradicate the racial discrimination symbolized by “Jim Crow.”

The NAACP worked to eradicate the racial discrimination symbolized by “Jim Crow.”

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

The NAACP worked to eradicate the racial discrimination symbolized by Jim Crow.

Images of the Era: 1913-1945

Most Americans greeted the 20th century with optimism. The early decades saw economic growth and the expansion of democracy as women gained the vote. But two world wars, the Great Depression, and the nuclear age later tested such confidence.