The History Of Jim Crow Laws

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The Jim Crow laws were a series of terrible racial discrimination acts that lead to the united states being even more segregated. “Jim Crow law, in U.S. history, any of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the South between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the 1950s.” Urofsky, Melvin I. "Jim Crow Law." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 21 Apr. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2017.
These laws would affect African Americans by creating a racial tension and certain mockery around the african american culture. Minstrel shows were plays and acts that took on a saturation of african americans and included the infamous “black face”. These kind of shows and the continuous segregation and constant thoughts that blacks are less superior to whites led to a nation wide tension of the races. The author Lorraine Hansberry is an example of a African American women who’s life was shaped around the jim crow laws and is clearly influenced in her writing. Hansberry was the first black playwright to get one of her stories on broadway which is very admirable for the time in which she lived in. You can see in Hansberry's most famous play A Raisin In The Sun that the jim crows played an influence on her writing. The Jim crow laws have had a major effect on america and the african american community as a whole, Lorraine hansberry writing work has been affected immensely by the jim crow laws as it influences many of her opinions

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