The Injustice of the Jim Crow Laws was an Extension of Slavery's Negative Legacy in the United States.
The Jim Crow Laws were pure hate for many races printed on a piece of paper that many states in the country enforced from 1876 to 1965. In the midst of the Reconstruction Era of the United States (post Civil War), freedmen (former slaves) were given civil rights by the government. From about 1865-1870, freedmen and other Americans lived peacefully with the same rights. However, during the 1870's the Democratic Party began to gain authority in the southern part of the United States. Soon, many white people were attacking freedmen who attempted to vote during campaigns. In the year of 1877, the southern states wanted support in the presidential election with led to a compromise. Because of this, white Democrats were gaining power in Southern society. Known as the Redeemer governments, white, conservative Democrats legalized the Jim Crow laws, which was named after a prominent dance move (think the Harlem Shake of 1832) called "Jump Jim Crow" used to mock black people and Andrew Jackson by a white actor in 1832. The purpose of these laws were to separate blacks from whites in society. Known today as segregation, many other races besides blacks were inflicted with the burden of these laws. Anyone who was one-eighth or more black (known then as negro or nigger), Asian, Hispanic, Jewish, and Native American were ordered to follow the laws of segregation in many southern states during the period of 1876-1965. Basically, any one who wasn't white were victims of segregation. Although slavery had ended for the black people of the United States, the Jim Crow Laws sent a harsh message: Whites will always be superior in Southern society.