The American South as We Know It

A comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans during the Jim Crow era in the South

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Title: The American South as We Know It

Producer/Director: Frederick D. Murphy

Genre: Documentary

Runtime: 55:43 minutes

The American South As We Know It explores the lives and experiences of African-Americans during the Jim Crow era. This film depicts a time when racial tension was at its peak. The educators, historians and brave "everyday" people featured in this documentary, express their vested interest in creating a comprehensive narrative of what life was like for African- Americans in the South.

Director Biography

In 2016, Frederick Murphy founded “The History Before Us Project” ( to capture, preserve, and advocate for voices traditionally silenced or unheard. His training and years of experience as a licensed counselor facilitated his ability to create a comfortable environment and unique bond of trust with the participants in his documentary.

Director Statement

The American South As We Know It has afforded me the ability to travel the American South, collecting oral histories of individuals who lived through Jim Crow. The names of these men and women are not found in headlines or history books; however, these men and women all made important contributions to the Civil Rights Movement within their own community.


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The American South As We Know It





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