Civil Museum Of American History

1400 Words Jan 21st, 2016 6 Pages
Segregation in the United States of America has existed since the dawn of time. Many Americans believe that it is an irrelevant issue in today’s society. The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, a national landmark in the United States of America that explores major themes in American history and culture, states, “Americans have been segregated since 1896-97 when Chief Justice Melville Fuller and the Court established the ‘separate but equal’ law,” (Smithsonian National Museum of American History). In the American society, segregation is a relevant issue. Today, discrimination amongst races is existent and is seen in the daily lives of Americans. The repercussions of segregation affect Americans and their lives today. Segregation movements throughout America’s history have led up to the adverse reaction that is seen in society today. “The Thirteenth Amendment (1865) abolished slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment (1868) extended ‘equal protection of the laws’ to all citizens; and the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied ‘on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.’,” (Smithsonian National Museum of American History). These amendments established equality for people of color on things such as no more slavery, protection of the laws, and voting rights. They partially eliminated segregation, but discrimination continued. Henry L. Chambers Jr., who teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and…
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