Segregation In America (A+ Report)

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M.A.S.T Mrs. -------2/27/12 Dustin Herrera US. History Segregation In America Segregation is the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group enforced by law or voluntary citizens within an area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities or by other discriminatory means. What I explained what was segregation was the textbook definition for segregation. But in our society the concept of this word goes far deeper than the definition. Between the 1800's and 1950's, society was controlled by what was called “Jim Crow laws.” Where the term Jim Crow originated was from a song performed by an artist named Daddy Rice during the 1830s. Daddy Rice covered his face with charcoal paste to resemble what is supposed to be a black man, and then sang and danced in character of a silly black person. By the 1850s, the Jim Crow character was one of several stereotypical images of blacks in the nation's culture. People would refer to African Americans that way. How it became a term with segregation of African Americans in the late nineteenth-century is unclear. What historians do now however, is that by 1900, the term was generally identified with those racist laws and actions that deprived African Americans of their civil rights by defining whites as the inferior race and casted black people as members of subordinate people. The Supreme Court's of segregation in the “Plessy v. Ferguson” case in 1896 and the refusal of the federal government to enact anti-lynching laws meant that black Americans were left to their own devices for surviving Jim Crow. In most cases, southern blacks tried to avoid engaging whites as much as possible as the best means of evading their anger. These efforts at separating themselves from whites meant developing their own schools and
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