Jim Crow laws

state and local laws enforcing racial segregation in the Southern United States

Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States.


  • The hundred-year period of racial apartheid and racial terrorism known as Jim Crow.
  • To be in the margin is to be part of the whole but outside the main body. As black Americans living in a small Kentucky town, the railroad tracks were a daily reminder of our marginality. ... We had always to return to the margin, to cross the tracks, to shacks and abandoned houses on the edge of town. There were laws to ensure our return. To not return was to risk being punished.

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