Essay about Black Codes And Jim Crow Laws

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Since the start of slavery, African Americans have been experiencing unequal and cruel health care. The American Government had abolished slavery and had established Federal laws, which were suppose to grant liberties to African Americans. The 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments granted African Americans more freedom as a PBS article states,
The Thirteenth Amendment, adopted in 1865, abolishes slavery or involuntary servitude except in punishment for a crime. The Fourteenth Amendment, adopted in 1868, defines all people born in the United States as citizens, requires due process of law, and requires equal protection to all people. The Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, prevents the denial of a citizen’s vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
The amendments were created to grant further rights for African Americans, but after reconstruction, the government had established the Jim Crow laws. The Black Codes and Jim Crow laws limited the freedom that was granted. The segregation laws caused unmoral and unjust health care polices and actions towards blacks. These polices and actions hindered African Americans to gain access to the same medical facilities and medical treatments as equal as whites. Segregation didn’t just segregate schools and stores, but it segregated medical care for blacks. Blacks were treated in lowest possible ways as one African American nurse states in her interview, “It was a hospital where Black people were in the basement,…

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