The Jim Crow Laws

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The Jim Crow Laws were created in the South between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginning of the civil rights movement in the 1950s. These laws were enforced through racial segregation. The quote “separate but equal” came about due to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy vs Ferguson. Later on, the case came about because of segregation in public schools. In the same year, similar kinds of Jim Crow laws came about called which they called ¨black codes¨. Before the Civil War, both races could work side by side, but as long as the slave knew his place. In 1877 the Supreme Court ruled a case called Hall vs. DeCuir which states how blacks could not share common carries such as railroads or streetcars. The Louisiana Separate Car Act marked a remarkable impact for black or mixed-raced citizens in the states of Louisiana. As years went on laws came and gone, but over all blacks and white were finally as equal as white women and white men.

The era of Reconstruction came to a close, the states in the South were free. They later on formed a occupation army of federal troops and carpetbaggers. Ex-slaves could join the army if they wanted to or they had to go due to how many men the army had lost. The three Amendments to the constitution declared African-Americans free from slavery, and they had all the same rights as white men. The Fifteenth amendment gave African-Americans a right to become a citizen. Meanwhile, before this all happened Jim Crow laws were
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