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The Transcontinental RailroadBy Tara L. Padua (4396903)American Public University SystemNovember 16, 2014HIST102: American History since 1877Dr. Kidwell1
Jim Crow LawsFor nearly a century the hatred between Caucasian and African Americans wasinsurmountable.The "Jim Crow" laws put into place in the late 1900's have affected our country inmany ways. The phrase “Jim Crow” was a slang term for a black man.It meant that different ruleswere established for African Americans and Caucasians.The laws were first passed in the Northlong before the Civil War and were based on white supremacy.In the 1890’s during the depression,Caucasians feared losing their jobs to the African Americans and racism began to appeal to thewhite man.Jim Crow Laws were laws that enhanced racial segregation from1876 – 1965.1The law was put into place to restrict African Americans voting rights and to excludethem from numerous social activities.The Jim Crow laws touched every part of life and took away African Americans benefits thatwhite people were able to enjoy by restricting the African Americans economic and physicalfreedoms.African Americans and Caucasians were separated in all public places.AfricanAmericans were forced to use ‘color only’ restrooms and other facilities.Everything wassegregated; prisons, schools, hospitals, churches, and orphanages to name a few.In South Carolina,African Americans and Caucasian textile workers could not work in the same room, enter throughthe same door, or even gaze out the same window.Many southern unions passed rules making itillegal to hire African Americans.2The Jim Crow laws were harsh.