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Jim Crow 1 Jim Crow Laws Tonia Stoneman His/125 Rona Gunter April 3, 2011
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The term Jim Crow stemmed from a performer who did a skit about a black man who sang and danced. He supposedly got the skit from a man he once saw dancing and singing on the street. The song that he was singing had the name Jim Crow in the chorus. Jim Crow was supposedly the name of the slave owner that owned the slave. The year 1890 was when Jim Crow was believed to have started. The Jim Crow laws were basically a set of laws that said “separate but not equal (Davis, 2011).” These laws denied African Americans many of the basic rights that white Americans had. This included voting, use of restrooms, restaurants, segregated schools and many other things. These laws were put into effect to keep discrimination alive. The Jim Crow Laws varied from state to state. For instance, in Alabama, a white nurse could not work in a ward where African American men were. In Georgia, a person could run a restaurant for blacks or whites only, they could not serve both. In Florida, any black and white couple living together, that were not married could be imprisoned for 12 months or fined $500. Florida also had a law that any interracial couple that was married would find their marriage null and void (Randall, 2001). Most states would not allow African Americans to use the same restrooms as white
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