African-American History
Jim Crow Laws
Civil Rights Movement

What is the purpose of Jim Crow laws?



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Jim Crow laws were designed to prevent blacks from voting in the old south, but voting laws were only one type of Jim Crow Law. In general, Jim Crow Laws mandated the "Separate But Equal" status of blacks in the south. The laws ensured segregation without having to make segregation itself a law, because legally-sanctioned segregation was not permitted.