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Jim Crow laws,

in U.S. history, statutes enacted by Southern states and municipalities, beginning in the 1880s, that legalized segregation between blacks and whites. The name is believed to be derived from a character in a popular minstrel song. The Supreme Court ruling in 1896 in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate facilities for whites and blacks were constitutional encouraged the passage of discriminatory laws that wiped out the gains made by blacks during Reconstruction. Railways and streetcars, public waiting rooms, restaurants, boardinghouses, theaters, and public parks were segregated; separate schools, hospitals, and other public institutions, generally of inferior quality, were designated for blacks. By World War I, even places of employment were segregated, and it was not until after World War II that an assault on Jim Crow in the South began to make headway. In 1950 the Supreme Court ruled that the Univ. of Texas must admit a black, Herman Sweatt, to the law school, on the grounds that the state did not provide equal education for him. This was followed (1954) by the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kans., declaring separate facilities by race to be unconstitutional. Blacks in the South used legal suits, mass sit-ins, and boycotts to hasten desegregation. A march on Washington by over 200,000 in 1963 dramatized the movement to end Jim Crow. Southern whites often responded with violence, and federal troops were needed to preserve order and protect blacks, notably at Little Rock, Ark. (1957), Oxford, Miss. (1962), and Selma, Ala. (1965). The Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 finally ended the legal sanctions to Jim Crow. See affirmative actionaffirmative action,
in the United States, programs to overcome the effects of past societal discrimination by allocating jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women.
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rights that a nation's inhabitants enjoy by law. The term is broader than "political rights," which refer only to rights devolving from the franchise and are held usually only by a citizen, and unlike "natural rights," civil rights have a legal as well as a
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in U.S. history, the goal of an organized movement to break down the barriers of discrimination and segregation separating African Americans from the rest of American society.
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See C. V. Woodward, The Strange Career of Jim Crow (1966); L. F. Litwack, How Free Is Free? The Long Death of Jim Crow (2009).

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‘Jim Crow’ Laws

the common slang name in the US for laws in the Southern states which enforced SEGREGATION of white and black persons in transport, education, marriage, leisure facilities and so on. These laws were common in the Southern US from 1883 to 1954 despite the emancipation of black slaves in 1865. All over the South, ‘whites only’ and ‘blacks only’ signs were a visible reminder of the inferior status of black Americans. The Supreme Court ruled in 1896 (Plessey v. Ferguson) that ‘separate but equal’ facilities for blacks and whites were legal. Until 1954, when the Supreme Court reversed its view (Brown v. Board of Education), separate, but very inferior and unequal, provision for blacks was the order of the day in the South. Originally, ‘Jim Crow’ was a common and pejorative slave name.
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Jim Crow laws

among other rulings, prevented interstate travel by Negroes. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 485]
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During the Jim Crow era, if the state's segregated colleges and universities refused to admit African American students, African Americans were reimbursed the difference in the tuition charged by the out-of-state institution minus the in-state institution (Beilke 1997, 4).
The Green Book provides a comprehensive look at the daily injustices faced by African-Americans navigating American roads in the Jim Crow era; conversely, they also provide a valuable teaching resource for social studies educators.
In this work, the author exams how young Memphis activists that were dissatisfied by the pace of progress in a city emerging from the Jim Crow era, embraced Black Power ideology to confront such challenges as gross disparities in housing, education, and employment as well as police brutality and harassment.
Robert Bradley during the Jim Crow era. Birdwell's third chapter and the collection's final essay examines race relations in the Upper Cumberland.
Washington to build 5,400 Southern schools in African-American communities in the early 1900s during the Jim Crow era.
To Live and Dine in Dixie: The Evolution of Urban Food Culture in the Jim Crow South explores the changing food of the urban American South during the Jim Crow era, considering how race, ethnicity, class, and gender contributed to the development of racial segregation in public eating places.
This article serves to examine the role of the courthouse during the Jim Crow Era and the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement, as courthouses fulfilled their dual function of minstreling Plessy's callfor "equality under the law" and orchestrating overt segregation.
Johnson supporters have been pushing for the Medal of Honor for decades, helped in recent years by Schumer and other New York lawmakers who said the recognition was unjustly denied during the Jim Crow era.
(358-59) While we may no longer be living in the Jim Crow era per se, many of the technologies and ideologies of that time have been so normalized and internalized that we may hardly be aware of the extent to which discipline, punishment, and intimacy continue to go hand in hand.
The book's roughly chronological chapters begin with the emergence of student dissent in the Jim Crow era and continue through the sexual revolution and the Black Power movement of the late 1960s.
The term that came into use during the Jim Crow era of racial segregation, will be replace with more modern labels 'black' or 'African-American'.
I sat and listened to my elders talk about big topics, including life during the Jim Crow era. Years later, I attended Jarvis Christian College, a historically black college in Hawkins, Texas.