Jim Crow Laws and Segregation

Tyler Spisak

History of the Jim Crow Laws and Segregation

Back in the 1800s many southern states passed a law that denied tons of basic rights against African Americans. These laws were named after Jim Crow. Jim Crow was a man who dressed up and harassed African Americans. These Jim Crow laws segregated or seperated blacks and whites. Once slavery ended, black codes were introduced. These were laws to control rights of slaves who were free. The main goal of these laws were to keep African Americans in a low position. In a supreme court case, Plessy Vs. Ferguson decided that each race would have equal rights, but would still be seperated. There were many laws that kept African Americans from voting. In 1954 the laws were reversed and both races were equal. "Jim Crow Laws." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.

Events of Segregation

The battle of Plessy Vs. Ferguson is what brought upon the seperate but equal law. This law said that Whites and Blacks were to be treated the same but would not be together.


In the Williams Vs. Mississippi case it was decided that states could make their own rules for voting. These decisions also let states make new laws that usually went against African Americans.


The Brown Vs. Board of Education of Topeka (Kansas) said that the seperate but equal rule was to be abolished. The court ruled that segregation was no longer legal in public schools. A few years later The Civil Rights Act of 1964 said that discrimination based of color, race, origin, and religious beliefs was illeagal.

People of the Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow; he was a man who would dress up as an African American. He would encouarge segregation by harassing African Americans, and trying to make them get mad. JIm Crow got a new set of laws named after him, they were called the "Jim Crow Laws". These laws said African Americans could not do basic things. These laws changed America and is the reason for people to make fun of other races. "Jim Crow Laws." The New Book of Knowledge. Grolier Online, 2014. Web. 15 Jan. 2014.