Blacks in Reconstruction South

Just how free were African Americans after the Civil War

Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendments grant legal freedom to all races of Americans

Once the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution had been passed, any form of slavery or involuntary servitude (excluding that of criminal justice) had been outlawed. The Fourteenth Amendment essentially make it illegal to discriminate professionally between blacks and whites. This amendment was largely ignored.

Plessy V. Ferguson

The Plessy V. Ferguson case was a famous court case questioning the constitutionality of the Jim Crow laws. Particularly the one pertaining to segregated seating on trains. The court did not find the Jim Crow laws to be unconstitutional but Ferguson was granted all privileges of a white man since he was mostly of white blood.

Citations

Campbell James "African American Experiences of Reconstruction"

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"Civil Rights Act (1964)." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 7 Oct. 2014


"Plessy V. Ferguson (1896)." American History. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 7 Oct. 2014