The Jim Crow Laws In The United States

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The Jim Crow laws were pretty black and white. Legalized throughout twenty-six states (Tischauser), segregation mandated separate schools, transportation, and public facilities—such as water fountains, restrooms, and playgrounds—from 1881-1964 (Hansan). However, due to the frequent bias of the period, black treatment had often been inferior to the supremacy of whites; whites “had all the power, wealth, and privilege” while blacks “faced seemingly endless incidents of terror and humiliation with hardly any freedom” (Tischauser). The Jim Crow laws, the impetus of racial tensions in the Southern United States, mandated the controversial “separate but equal” segregation of the white populace from that of the colored, demonstrated through inferior black social status and political affairs (Hansan).
The general casteism of the time dictated that people of color remained at the bottom of the social ladder. Laws prohibited interracial marriage in thirty-seven states, as well as enforced the mandatory separation, and legal refusal, of business solely dependent on race (Hansan). Moreover, in addition to the Jim Crow laws
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Endorsed by the Supreme Court until 1964, crimes included prosecution on the charge of burying a black man in a white cemetery, as well as renting part of a house to a colored person while in partial occupancy of a white family. Additionally, due to a poll tax and newly integrated mandatory literacy tests for registering voters, more than 95% of blacks in Mississippi lost their right to vote. In 1906, a white North Carolina senator described the act as not segregating blacks “merely for political or racial advantage, but...for [their] good and the country's good” (Tischauser). This systematic elimination spread to other states as well, catalyzed in part through inferior black educational and employment opportunities, which greatly contrasted those presented to whites
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