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Jim Crow

Brought out at the Adelphi in 1836. The character of Jim Crow played by T. D. Rice, as the original of the “nigger minstrels” since so popular. A renegade or turncoat is called a Jim Crow, from the burden of the song, Wheel about and turn about.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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