Jim Crow Laws Research Paper

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"Let us look at Jim Crow for the criminal he is and what he has done to one life multiplied millions of times over these United States and the world. He walks us on a tightrope from birth"- Rosa Parks. Jim crow was a set of formal codes put into place to separate white people from colored people. These set of codes started after the end of slavery in the civil war it was a period of time that is called the reconstruction period the Jim Crow laws first started in 1877 and ended in the 1950’s with the civil rights movements.This essay about Jim Crow Laws will mainly be talking about three main points the origins of Jim Crow, what it was like to live in Jim Crow south and the different events it caused, and how it ended and the effects it still…show more content…
An example of these inequalities would be the Scottsboro Boys and their trials. The Scottsboro boys were a group of boys who were violating the train car act and were riding in the white section and when they were asked to leave they didn’t after the train had stopped a fight broke out and nine young men were arrested but two ladies had told the police that the nine boys had raped them and this was a huge thing because no one had ever thought that something like that could happen. When their trials came up there was a crowd of thousands outside of the courthouse and they were said to be guilty and sentenced to death with almost no hard evidence except two testimonies from the white girls that were two different stories but because it was a white person’s word against a colored person’s word they didn’t need any evidence and this created an uproar from minority communities and the Scottsboro Boys eventually got a fair case, and didn’t get the death sentence immediately.This event was a really important event during the Jim Crow era because it was an eye opener for most people when they saw the injustices that had occured. "The separate water foundations, park benches, bathrooms and restaurants of the Jim Crow South startled me. These…show more content…
The thing that really got the gears turning and set things into motion for change was World War Two.The reason why this was so significant was because of Hitler and his dominant race and when other countries like Great Britain saw that there wasn’t really a difference between that and Jim Crow it made a lot of people see it differently. In 1948 President Harry Truman tried to end Jim Crow by promoting racial equality and in protest of that four states abandoned his democratic party and that caused his first attempt to fail and later when he was secretary of state he put armed troops in states and cities to enforce equality and the troops wouldn 't leave until the states agreed to end segregation. "I wanted to remind myself and others of the old Jim Crow, so that we can remind ourselves that we 're still living in the new Jim Crow. I feel it 's important to dress in the fashion of the times" -Jidenna. In this quote they talk about how the old Jim Crow is over but the new one is in and what they mean by the new Jim Crow may not be as bad as the first one but it is definitely still there, with all of the stereotypes about how all white people and how black people are thugs and gang members. even though there are no laws or anything specific about it there is still that same sort of segregation that there was with the first Jim Crow just
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