Race Relations In The 1950's

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Civil Rights Essay Race relations were significantly changed during the 1950’s. Old amendments were overturned, court cases were fought, and people stood up to inequality. All of these things helped to bring about the Civil Rights movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. There were many injustices done to the African American race. Slavery was forced on them and lasted a long time. The Dred Scott vs. Sanford case is an example of this injustice. Dred Scott was a slave who was brought to a free state by his owner and then moved back to his original slave state. Scott sued his owner for his freedom because he lived in a free state and then a free territory, which made him a free man. This had a bad outcome. The court said he had no legal standing and that he was not a citizen. The court also said that just because Dred Scott was in a “free” territory it did not make him “free” of slavery. The Dred Scott decision was bad because it allowed slavery,…show more content…
This was based on the Plessy vs. Ferguson man, Homer Plessy, who was denied a seat on the train that was reserved for white people only. He challenged the railroad on segregation of blacks and whites. He said that his rights were being violated under the fourteenth amendment. The court said that this was not a violation of the fourteenth amendment because the accommodations were “separate but equal.” As long as the train gave equal seats to both whites and blacks it was okay and not a violation to the fourteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment says that it guarantees all Americans equal treatment. The laws that kept the races separate were called Jim Crow Laws. The laws included no marriages between blacks and whites, no school education with both blacks and whites together. It also separated blacks from so called white elevators, street cars, and bathrooms. They even segregated hospitals, parks, and
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