Jim Crow Laws Of The States

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Jim Crow Laws in the States
Chonte’ Thomas
American Military University, HIST222
Professor Angela Gunshore
March 22, 2015

“Jim Crow” in reference to the History of African Americans can be simply described as a derisive slang term for a black man. (Constitutional Rights Foundation, 2015) It is often used to describe the segregation laws, rules, and customs.
Each state had a set of Jim Crow Laws forbidding blacks of certain acts. These laws existed from 1877 until the mid-1960s. Jim Crow Laws were not only a set of laws, but also a way of life for blacks. Jim Crow statutes regulated social interactions between whites and blacks. Inter-racial dating, marriage, and any type of sexual act were strictly forbidden between blacks and whites. Signs were also placed above water fountains, door entrances and exits, and in front of public facilities stating whether or not Blacks were allowed. There were even separate hospitals, prisons, schools (both public and private), public restrooms, hotels, churches, and even cemeteries for blacks and whites. (Pilgrim, 2012) The military was also segregated until after World War II. Jim Crow etiquette existed in pretty much all of the Jim Crow States. One common example of the Jim Crow etiquette was that a black man could not offer his hand to a white man, in the case of a handshake. It signified that both were equal, which during this era blacks were viewed as “inferior” and not equal to whites. Blacks and whites could not…

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