Sundown Towns Case Study

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1.) Explain how restrictive covenants contributed to the formation of sundown towns. What type of segregation can maintain the existence of such places? Explain.
Restrictive covenants are private contracts that allows property owners to manipulate who may live upon the premise; therefore, they could limit, or eliminate, the minority group(s) from the area. These covenants allowed for sundown towns to form; these are communities that are all white. Housing segregation can maintain the existence of such places because it is hard to prove that the race is even the reason for not allowing that person(s) to reside at the residence.

2.) According to your text, what other groups were excluded from living in sundown towns besides African Americans?
According to the text, alongside African Americans, sundown
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Martinsville had been suggested to be an all-white town that had known KKK organizations. Therefore, when police investigated the murder, they saw finding the murderer to be an unimportant task due to the color of Carol Jenkins. They also saw no reason to find a murderer because they assumed the murdered to be white and were trying to be lenient of the situation.
4.) In your opinion, are the racial demographics of Waverly, Ohio an indication that this city may still be a sundown town? Why do think the “Sundown” sign is still up if it’s not meant to keep Blacks and other minorities out of the city?
In my opinion, I believe Waverly is still a sundown town. There is less than one percent of African Americans there today, and the signs of such demographics remain as a reminder of the towns past, and what the town plans to upkeep. Even though the signs are said to not be meant to keep “minorities” out, I believe they are there to serve as a reminder of what the town used to
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