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Before the Jim Crow laws African Americans actually enjoyed some of the rights they were given during Reconstruction This included the 13th 14th and 15th Amendments and the Civil Rights Act However the rights were dwindled after the Reconstruction ended in 1877 by 1890 whites in both the North and South became less supportive of civil rights Thus racial tensions began to grow and made it even worse when the Supreme Court began to promote racial segregation The term Jim Crow is though to have started around 1830 when a white show performer Thomas Daddy Rice blackened his face with charcoal paste or burnt cork and danced a absurd jig while singing the lyrics to the song Jump Jim Crow Rice created this character after seeing while traveling in the South a crippled elderly black man or some say a young black boy dancing and singing a song ending with these chorus words Weel about and turn about and do jis so Ebry time I weel about I jump Jim Crow Jim Crow was not a person yet affected the lives of millions of people The Jim Crow era was one of struggle - not only for the victims of violence discrimination and poverty but by those who worked to challenge or try to demolish segregation in the South Some Jim Crow laws were as follows All passengers in a station or on a trainbus must have different waiting rooms and bathrooms as well as different ticket booths That was in Alabama Also the schools for white children and the schools for Negro children had to be conducted separately in Florida And another one in Alabama It shall be unlawful for a Negro and white person to play together or in company with each other at any game of pool or billiards The Supreme Court set the stage for Jim Crow laws by several of its decisions The Court
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