I have to write a research paper on the Jim Crow Laws and i don't know what else to write!?

this is what i have so far:

Hannah Dalton

Mrs. Wells

English 9 CP

30 January, 2013

Jim Crow Laws

One hundred years, that's how long the hatred among whites and African-Americans lasted. It took that long to get rid of the Jim Crow laws and the cruel punishments that one would receive, if one was to break these laws. Many blacks died from these punishments, and because of a group of people by the name of the “White Mob.” Eventually, with a lot of effort, the Jim Crow laws would end.

The results of going against the Jim Crow laws were very harsh consequences. African-Americans were treated very poorly. For example, blacks were beaten, or even killed, for having too much eye contact with a white person. According to Jerald M. Packard, an author for the “Constitutional Rights Foundation,” this was called “wreck less eye bawling.” Therefore, African-Americans tried to avoid eye-contact with a white person while walking in the streets, or doing everyday activities. Blacks were viewed as “bad people,” and the newspapers didn't help that reputation. The newspapers would make up stories about blacks and publish them in the newspapers. According to J. Baskin, with the Glencoe press, people would believe them, causing African-Americans to gain an even worst reputation. It was also illegal for blacks and whites to be married. If they did try to elope then the bride, groom, and the person who tried to officially marry them would get either a fine of up to $100, 3 months of jail, or both. So it was better just to avoid any type of contact with a different race at all times. When the different races did talk, the African-Americans would have to choose their words very wisely, because the whites were the “superior race.” Blacks weren't even allowed to use the same toilets, or even the same train as whites.

The “White Mob” was a name used to describe a group of people that took the laws into their own hands. They tracked, tortured, and killed blacks that were thought to break laws or kill whites. Instead of waiting for their hearings to see if they were guilty or not, they killed them. This mob was very brutal and was responsible for many deaths of black men and women during the time the Jim Crow Laws were being enforced.

There were also other punishments, that were very cruel. There was a black couple, Luther Holbert and his wife (unnamed) that were accused of murdering a white plantation owner, and tried to run. Before they got away with it, a white mob caught up with them. The couple was tied to a tree and tortured. They had each of their fingers and ears cut off one by one, and passed out to the crowd as souvenirs. A member of the mob took a large cork-screw and shoved it into the stomachs of the couple. Finally, the two were burned to death in front of everybody. According to a researcher at the Ferris Education Program, Lynchings were very popular during the Jim Crow laws, and just added to the tension between the two races.

It took a long time and a lot of hard work to get the Jim Crow laws abolished. There were many key factors that played very important roles in the acts of ending these laws. According to the article titled “Rise and Fall of Jim Crow,” these key factors were the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, and the case Brown V. Board of Education. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation by law. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 gave black men the right to vote, just like the white men. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 ended discrimination in the action of buying or selling houses. The case Brown V. Board of Education helped to end segregation in schools, and so African-Americans and white children went to school together.

After all of these laws were passed, the Jim Crow Laws were abolished.

Many blacks lost their lives to the whites, and African-Americans were treated badly for many years until the Jim Crow laws finally came to an end, with the help of several acts and a lot of effort.

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  • 8 years ago
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    You have a lot of info about jim crow laws, and in the end its very descriptive but try to change up your grammar in some places to present the facts more clearly.

    Instead of saying

    "One hundred years, that's how long the hatred among whites and African-Americans lasted. It took that long to get rid of the Jim Crow laws and the cruel punishments that one would receive, if one was to break these laws. Many blacks died from these punishments, and because of a group of people by the name of the “White Mob.”"

    try

    "Hatred between whites and African-Americans in America lasted for over a hundred years before the Jim Crow laws and the cruel punishments involved were abolished. Sometimes the punishment was so severe blacks lost their lives, much of the time due to the "White Mob"

  • 4 years ago

    Read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow"

  • 8 years ago

    Try putting in a bit about Rosa Parks, the bus boycott and Martin Luther King.

  • 8 years ago

    They were started by the democrats

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