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Jim Crow Laws
Transcript of Jim Crow Laws
By: Nia West, Genny Tobon, & Aliyah Gonzalez
Jim Crow Laws
Jim Crow Laws affected with a black family very deeply because they weren't even considered people. They were below everyone. An African American male couldn't offer a handshake to a white male because it suggested that African-Americans were on the same social level as whites. Also, if a African-American tried to offer any other body part to a white female besides a handshake he could be accused of rape. African-Americans were accused of many things they did not do. Life was very hard for African-Americans.
Jim Crow laws strictly enforced public racial segregation by using signs that read "Colored Only" and "Whites Only". Things such as trains, buses, and taxi cabs are some sources needed for transportation by African-Americansin ablr to go to and from work. This segregation,forcibly, placed them in the back of buses, have different taxi cabs that had a sign telling those who could write it and who can't, and in different compartments of trains. This made it difficult for most because when they were seated on a fullbus they had to stand up and let a caucasian male or female take their seat. If they didn't then they would be escorted off the bus in a very inhumanly manner and put into jail if they tried to retaliate.
"Segregation in the Schools." American Decades. Ed. Judith S. Baughman, et al. Vol. 5:
1940-1949. Detroit: Gale, 2001. U.S. History in Context. Web. 26 Nov. 2013.
Works Cited pt.2
The Jim Crow Laws affected African-American people that went to school in the south because they would separate the caucasian students from the African-American students. Many African-American schools were under funded by caucasian school boards. Which meant that African-Americans schools had unqualified teachers. Principlas, janitors and even bus drivers would teach classes in African-American schools" from the lack of funding. Even though they were unqualified they were also really under paid as well. Also because of the lack funding African-American schools had really poor facilities that did not provide nessesary heat and light. African-American schools also did not have the adequate text books because most of them were either out dated or hand-downs from caucasion schools" that were in really bad condition and barley readable. Also in many southeren states such as South Carolina they would spend more money on a caucasian student than a African-American student, on a white student they would spend an average of $179 and $43 per black student.
The Birth of Jim Crow
- In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania a man by the name of Thomas Rice was deperately looking for the fame and stardom he so greatly desired.
- So he came up with a great idea to put on; tattered clothing, patched shoes, a black wig and a straw hat. He then applied black cork (coal) all over his face and listened for the bell, which signaled the play is starting. Thomas Rice walked onto stage before a curious audience he began to dance, limping and shuffling,
"O, Jim Crow's come to town, as you all must know,
An' he wheel about, he turn about, he do jis' so,
An' ebery time he wheel about he jump Jim Crow."
- Jim Crow was then born.
- After the end of Reconstruction in 1877, states in the south and local communities had begun to make laws known as segregation or in this case "Jim Crow" laws.
- Jim Crow Laws were state and local laws that segregated African-Americans from normal facilities.
- They were segregated from buses to churches to bathrooms to water fountains
- They were in effect from 1876-1965
The end of Jim Crow Laws
- The Jim Crow laws were officialy abolished in 1965
- After 89 years of torment towards African-Americans, the segregation was finally over.
- Although the African-American race will still have a lot of struggles & troubles they have to face they have overcome the greatest struggle.
- Fighting for e
"Racial Segregation in the American South: Jim Crow Laws." Prejudice in the Modern World Reference Library. Vol. 2:
Almanac. Detroit: UXL, 2007. 333-357. U.S. History in Context. Web. 5 Dec. 2013.