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The name for the Jim Crow Laws comes from a character in a Minstrel Show The Minstrel Show was one of the first forms of American entertainment which started in 1843 They were performed by successors of black song and dance routine actors The first Minstrel Show was started by a group of four men from Virginia who all painted their faces black and performed a small song and dance skit in a small theater in New York City Thomas Dartmouth Rice a white actor performed the Jim Crow Minstrel Show Rice was inspired by an old black man who sang and danced in Louisville Kentucky Clay 1 The skit ended in the same chorus as the old black mans song which was Wheel about and turn about and do jis so Ebry time I wheel about I jump Jim Crow Rices song and dance got him from Louisville to Cincinnati to Pittsburgh to Philadelphia and then to New York City in 1832 Finally Rice performed throughout Europe going to London and Dublin where the Irish especially liked Rices performance httpwwwsimsberkelyeducoursesis182paint167html In the north slavery was just about non existent so blacks could be seen free in a lot of cities in the north In some cities even blacks and whites lived together without a problem so segregation was not seen completely throughout America Before 1890 segregation was not seen in most of the south which was where 80 percent of the black population lived Massey 17- 20 Segregation actually started in the north but when it moved into the south it became much worse Woodward 17 It was thought that segregation came along with slavery but there were more reasons like pure racism Cities had ghettos where all of the blacks lived in a community away from the
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