Studies in American History and Culture, 1820-1920
Chapter 7 “Wounded in the House of Our Friends”: Segregation in the Republic
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“Wounded in the House of Our Friends”: Segregation in the Republic
Students of American history and culture most frequently associate the segregation of the races with the 1896 Supreme Court decision in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, forgetting that the court only sanctioned what already existed in several states long before. As David Brown and Clive Webb remind us, referring to their research done in 1960s,
[l]ong before the law sanctioned the separation of the races, segregation had become the pervasive custom and practice across the South. De facto segregation was a pervasive phenomenon in southern cities during the antebellum era. Although it was not systematically enforced, the color line had been re-established before the end of Reconstruction. The segregation laws of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries therefore did not create Jim Crow, but rather added institutional force to existing social practice. (Brown and Webb 191)
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