Jump Jim Crow Laws: Should African Americans Be Allowed In America?

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Today, every place in America is integrated; any race can go anywhere at any time. Fifty years ago, however, that was not true. More specifically, blacks weren’t allowed in certain places and weren’t allowed to fraternize with whites. There were even laws preventing blacks and whites from getting married and forcing blacks to use separate bathrooms, restaurants, schools, jails, etc. These laws were known as Jim Crow laws. They were named for a song called “Jump Jim Crow,” which was written by a white man in 1836 but it became popular during the reconstruction period after the Civil War. The motto of these laws was “separate but equal.” This was said to be the case at the trial of Plessy vs. Ferguson, where Homer Plessy boarded a train car that was meant for whites only. While Plessy was only one eighth black, he was still considered, by Louisiana law, “colored.” The decision made it constitutional to have separate facilities as long as they were equal. Nine times out of ten, this was not at all true. Slavery was abolished by the thirteenth amendment, which outlaws slavery. However, this did not give African Americans citizenship or equal rights. In 1868, the fourteenth amendment was passed, thus giving blacks citizenship. The blacks still did not have the right to vote, even though they were citizens. In 1870, the fifteenth amendment, which…show more content…
She started her first day at William Frantz Public school in New Orleans, Louisiana on November 14th, 1960. She was driven to the school surrounded by federal marshals and as she walked in and went to the principal’s office, the people yelled and screamed. She didn’t make it to her classroom until the next day, and not one student was in the entire school because the parents were in an uproar. Ruby had won a battle against the segregation laws and was one step closer to altogether
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