Civil Museum Of American History Essay

1458 Words Feb 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Segregation has been a problem for many years. This has been a common issue between African Americans and Caucasians. Early on, the government legitimized the belief of inequality. According to the Smithsonian, a world renowned archive of historical data, “Beginning in the 1890s, southern states enacted literacy tests, poll taxes, elaborate registration systems, and eventually whites-only Democratic Party primaries to exclude black voters” (Smithsonian National Museum of American History). This system meant that African Americans could not vote and be included in selecting their government. As this idea developed, it affected more than just governance. The Smithsonian states, “Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially separate facilities, if equal, did not violate the Constitution. Segregation, the Court said, was not discrimination” (Smithsonian National Museum of American History). This case determined that African Americans could be separated from Caucasians and it would be considered constitutional. This redesigned the social classes of the United States. “By 1900, new laws and old customs in the North and the South had created a segregated society that condemned Americans of color to second-class citizenship” (Smithsonian National Museum of American History). Discrimination against African Americans for the color of their skin became more and more accepted by society. As a result, groups that stemmed from hatred emerged. “By the mid-1920s…

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