The History Of Jim Crow Laws

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“Jim Crow” was a derisive slang term for a black man. The term comes from an actor, who pretended to be black and stupid, and called himself Jim Crow. Jim Crow laws were used to separate blacks and whites. The laws only applied to blacks. The Reconstruction ended when federal troops withdrew from the South, and it returned to white supremacy rule. Many laws were made against the Southern blacks, who were suppressed by each law. Southern states began to limit the voting right to those who owned property or could read well, to those whose grandfathers had been able to vote, to those with “good characters,” to those who paid poll taxes. In 1896, Louisiana had 130,334 registered black voters. Eight years later, only 1,342, 1 percent, could
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