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This paper examines how segregation, which was established by the Jim Crow laws of the Civil War period and ended in the 1960s with the Civil Rights Act, saw the public separation of blacks and whites. It looks at how, nearly a century later, the Jim Crow laws of the late 19th century, along with the reversal of the Civil Rights Act of 1875, were re-examined for their constitutionality. In particular, it discusses how two important cases were Plessy vs. Ferguson, which established the legal mode of "separate but equal," and Brown vs. Board of Education, which ended racial segregation. It attempts to show how the historical analogy of these two events demonstrates that history helps to define our actions, allowing us to learn from past mistakes and generate new and better ideas for the future.
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Racial Segregation (2004, December 31) Retrieved July 16, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/essay/racial-segregation-54614/
"Racial Segregation" 31 December 2004. Web. 16 July. 2019. <https://www.academon.com/essay/racial-segregation-54614/>