Jim Crow Laws & the African American Society

Jim Crow Laws & the
African American
Jasmin Perez
What are the Jim Crow
Laws ?
Jim Crow laws were laws mandating segregation of
schools, parks, libraries, drinking fountains, restrooms,
buses, trains, and restaurants between the blacks and
the whites.
What were some of the Jim
Crow Laws ?
In Oklahoma, telephone booths were segregated.
Mississippi had segregated soft-drink machines for
blacks and whites.
In Mobile, Alabama, curfews ordered African Americans
off the streets by ten o’clock each evening.
In Birmingham, Alabama, it was against the law for
blacks and whites to play cards, checkers, dominoes, or
other games, or play together on athletic teams.
In Florida, textbooks for white and black students were
segregated in separate warehouses.
& so on…
Did the Jim Crow Laws apply
to all of America?
 The Jim Crow laws mainly applied to Southern states
of America.
Who were some of the
major historical figures
involved ?
 Charles Evers (a fearless
 W.E.B Du Bois (the voice
of a generation)
 Barbara John (a student
 Marcus Garvey (a black
 Isaiah T. Montgomery (the
founder of an independent
 Walter White (an influential
NAACP leader)
What were some of the
outcomes of these laws?
The Jim Crow laws caused many
groups/organizations to form (pro or anti) for example
the KKK (pro Jim Crow), the NAACP (anti Jim Crow),
These laws also caused acts of terror such as
lynching to reinforce upon the people whom they
applied to, and protests from people who wanted
The Jim Crow laws took place in
the American South for three
quarters of a century beginning
in the 1890’s.
These laws were a very significant part of history due to
the fact they influenced many in both a negative and
positive way, and also influenced society now in days.
Fortunately, these laws no longer exist, and although
segregation and racism is 100% wiped out in our society
it has definitely improved. Therefore we must give
recognition to the significance of these laws.
 Jim Crow laws had a severe affect on the
African American society at the time. It
robbed them of their rights, making them
less of a human. Aside from making them
less of a human, these laws made African
Americans inferior to whites. These laws
also gave African Americans economic,
educational, transportational, and social
disadvantages. They caused segregation in
public school, public places, and even
drinking fountains. Many African Americans
were bullied, some even lynched because of
these laws. These laws severely impacted
African Americans.
Powerful Quotation 1
“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a
land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.” –
W.E.B Dubois
This quote refers to the African American race and it
states that to being a poor individual is hard, but to be
poor altogether as a race is the hardest of all. And not
only poor money wise but poor in equality, rights, etc.
Sadly, this quote was very true.
Powerful Quotes 2
“Although lynching's have steadily increased in
number and barbarity during the last twenty years,
there has been no single effort put forth by the
many moral and philanthropic forces of the country
to put a stop to this wholesale slaughter.” –Ida B.
Lynching was a popular crime in this time period, as
it increased no one took action. Why didn’t they
take action against lynching? Because they would
be lynched as well. It was a life or death situation.
You had the option to speak against and die, or
stay quiet and continue a tragic lifestyle.
Powerful Quote 3
“The Black skin is not a badge of shame, but rather a
glorious symbol of national greatness.” –Marcus
Color of skin is only a pigmentation. They should wear
it proudly rather than to live in shame. However, this
was impossible with the problems at this time period.
“Jump Jim Crow" is a song
and dance from 1828 that
was done in blackface by
white comedian Thomas
Dartmouth (T.D.) "Daddy"
Rice. It was supposedly
inspired by the song and
dance of a crippled African
slave called Jim Cuff or Jim
Crow. This song was a way
for this white man “Daddy”
Rice to mock an …
… African American man. It was an important part of
history because this song basically made it okay to
say these things about a black man. White people
found these stereotypes amusing and there is where
the idea that white people were superior progressed.