A Short Summary: The Jim Crow Laws

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Alliyah Sharpe In the Southern states, there are Jim Crow laws, which are state and local laws that enforce segregation. The Louisiana Separate Car Act states that there is “separate but equal” train car accommodations for Blacks and Whites. This idea of “separate but equal” is not only used in train cars, but also used among many public spaces such as restrooms, water fountains, hospitals, etc, but it’s clear what blacks receive isn’t equal to whites. In an effort to cease the law and others, a citizens’ committee and railroad company created a case that would challenge the court. Homer Plessy, a man who appears as white as anyone else, having only ⅛ of African blood, attempted to ride on the white train. A train conductor has to ask
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