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Segregation in the 1940s and 1950s

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Jamison Johnson

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Jim Crow Laws by Jamison Johnson
Jim Crow Laws
How did Jim Crow come to be?
The Jim Crow Laws idea probably stemmed from the case Plessy v. Ferguson, a case where a black man was told by the tra The name "Jim Crow" came from a play called "Jump Jim Crow", which was played preformed by white entertainer, Thomas Rice. [4] The play was when Rice appeared in blackface, and he would sing and dance in an derogatory black-esque way. [4] The former confederate states wanted a restrictive rule on blacks instead of using slavery. [4] In the 1940s, the laws came into play. Just about every place was required by law to have a "separate but equal" facility. [4] Restaurants, buses, theaters, beaches, and more all became segregated. When it comes to the government, they cared for whites more than blacks. For example, there was a fee blacks had to pay in order to vote, and those who could pay that fee had to take a literacy test.
Jim Crow's End
During the time of Jim Crow Laws and Black Codes, heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., rose and conquered the acts and created an opening for a bright future. Sure they were often arrested and some where killed, but blacks still listened to there peers and made it through. There were even times where the police had released police dogs and fire hydrants on activists. King's "I Have a Dream" speech and cases like Brown v. Board of Education, sealed the deal and saved all colored races.
Conclusion
Jim Crow Laws were a bad decision to begin with. If anything, it made life even rowdier than before, even for whites. Apparently, people who thought blacks were inferior where wrong. The whole race fought for and won their freedom. Jim Crow Laws are a subject that is dire for governing bodies to learn so they never repeat it.
The Jim Crow laws were the laws African-Americans had to follow in order to live in the then-segregated U.S.. Jim Crow laws made African-Americans the lower rates citizens than the whites. Christian Ministers actually taught that whites were the chosen people, and blacks were cursed to be slaves.[1] Blacks had to use different entrances, restaurants, theaters, and more things than what the whites had to use.
Works Cited
1. "Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilla." What was Jim Crow?. Ferris State University. Web. 25 Feb 2014. <http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm>.
2. Segregated water fountain pic: N.d. Photograph. Mr. Nussbaum Learning FunWeb. 25 Feb 2014. <http://mrnussbaum.com/civil-war/jim_crow_laws/>.
3. Waiting room pic: "Segregation in public transportation." Image. AP/Wide World Photos. American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.
4. "Jim Crow movement." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 25 Feb. 2014.
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