Jim crow By Drew Ridley

During the Jim Crow era, there was legislation and laws past to limit the political power of African Americans. None of these laws limited their power directly, but took advantage of their social and economic situations to do so.

Poll taxes were introduced into the government because many black peoples could not afford these fees. They could not afford them because they were still searching for jobs. This poll tax was designed to take away African American's rights to vote. $1 was a very high cost, because they had just come out of slavery and nobody wanted to hire them.

This literacy test was created and assigned given the fact that many of these people have just come out of slavery. Many of them did not have any knowledge of the countries politics, and the senators. This test was extremely unfair for that reason. Another reason it was unfair is because white people could take this exam, do terrible, and the test administrator would say that they completed the test proficiently.

This document briefly states what Grandfather Clause was, and how it affected African Americans. Grandfather clause was a situation where you could only vote if you had a grandfather who was able to vote. This was unfair because their grandfather's generation was unable to vote, because they were enduring slavery. Most whites had grandfathers who were able to vote, so this law only affected African Americans.

During the Jim Crow Era, black people had difficulty finding jobs, were forced into sharecropping, and were discriminated against financially.

Sharecropping was a system where these people would be out of work, and offered jobs at the places they were previously slaves at. They would be forced into working because they had to pay the owner for the land. This was another word for slavery, and these people were doing mandatory work without any reward. This was extremely unfair to these people, and left them at a huge economic disadvantage because they did not have any money, nor the means necessary to acquire any finances.

This image shows that many jobs were only hiring whites. The distrust and dislike towards black people made it difficult for them to find jobs. Like in the picture above, blacks were not even able to apply. This left them at a huge economic disadvantage than white people. This meant that the black people could only work the long, boring jobs which pay very little.
This document showed the financial differences between the races. This is economic disrimination because teachers in the same school would make different amounts of money based on their race.
Black people in America were represented negatively in society and culture during the Jim Crow Era, and were impersonated as bafoons.

Curfew hours signified a social disadvantage, because blacks were forced to stay inside their homes past a specific time. If they failed to follow this law, they would receive a penalty and punishment from the law enforcement. This was unfair socially because white citizens could leave their homes at any point without punishment.

Lynchings were a sign of social inequality, and injustice. Lynchings often took place when black citizens did not abide by Jim Crow Etiquette. When a black citizen made a white citizen angry, they would lynch them. This is socially unfair to the black people, because they are abiding by all physical laws of the country, and being hanged for not following these social ideas and social rules.
Aunt Jemima fit the stereotype that black woman are the house maid or nanny. She fits the criteria because she is overweight, and she has the characteristics that you would see the stereotype as.


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