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African Americans gained many new political and social rights during Reconstruction Even though they won these new rights many blacks still faced opposition from whites Some common forms of discrimination of blacks included Jim Crow laws poll taxes literacy tests and the ruling of the Supreme Court case Plessy v Ferguson which ruled that separation of races in public accommodations was legal Discrimination in sports could also easily be seen A well known example of this was in baseball Back in the 1880s when organized baseball reflected ambition more than reality there were a few dozen blacks who were allowed to play in integrated leaguesSailer pg 2 But as time past blacks started to banish from these leagues This led to a rigid color barrier which lasted all the way until 1947 when Jackie Robinson played his first game with the Brooklyn DodgersCelebrating the end of segregated baseball pg1 During the years of segregation baseball along with show business and professional boxing was one of the few ways for blacks to have a chance at fame and richesCelebrating the end of segregated baseball pg1 Governments had very little to do with the segregation of baseball In fact the main agitators for segregation were the white ball players A infamous white athlete named Cap Anson was probably the best known of the many white athletes who would threaten strikes or violence against black rivalsSailer pg2 The banning of blacks only came up for a vote once in 1997 in the International League Many anti-black demonstrations by white players took place also to discriminate blacks from playing in leagues Another popular way that blacks were driven out were by using gentlemens agreements As the supply of black baseball talent started to rapidly increase after World War 1 the demand for it could not be contained The Negro Leagues were booming in the 1940s Their All Star game would even frequently draw more people than the white All
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