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The voting law

African Americans were not allowed to vote in the Democratic primary elections. White Democrats said the Democratic Party was a “club” and did not allow black members. So blacks could not vote in the only elections that mattered. African Americans were offten arrested so they could not vote. African Americans could be given harder tests to be able to vote and it could be really hard.

The restaurant law

In restaurants there were certain things African Americans had to do. One of these things was to enter a door that said colored people. If the African Americans entered through the door for whites they would probably be lynched. African Americans also had to drink from a different drinking fountain in the restaurant than the whites. African Americans also were served last because of their skin color and because of the Jim Crow laws.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression of the 1930s worsened the already bleak economic situation of African Americans. They were the first to be laid off from their jobs, and they suffered from an unemployment rate two to three times that of whites. The Great Depression wiped out over one million investors.The Great Depression happened because the stock market crashed. When the Great Depression cam more whites had jobs than blacks

The Jim Crow Laws were created in 1876 simply to segregate black people from the white population. Some English Dictionaries define ‘Jim Crow’ as the name for an implement that can straighten or bend iron rails; or, along with ‘Jim Crowism’, systems or practices of racial discrimination or segregation. The American English Dictionary suggests that the name only emerged in dictionaries in 1904, but it was clearly used generally in 1876, at least. Between the 1880s and the 1960s the laws expanded. Many cities and states were able to impose legal punishments on people, for example, on those who were deemed to be consorting with or marrying with other races. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." -The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America


(of a mob) kill (someone), especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial. mid 19th century: from Lynch's law, early form of lynch law ‘the practice of killing an alleged criminal by lynching,’ named after Capt. William Lynch, head of a self-constituted judicial tribunal in Virginia c.1780. “Heard tell they lynched a boy a few days ago at Crosston” Taylor 80.

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