As Far As The Crow Flies"

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Mississippi history is long and varied. Three historical events Mississippi will long be known for is slavery, Jim Crow Laws, and the murder of Emmett Till. Slavery began in Mississippi before it became a state and the majority of its existence relied on the free labor of African-Americans. Jim Crow Laws enforced segregation between African-Americans and Whites in Mississippi following the end of slavery. Emmett Till was an unfortunate casualty of unknowingly going against the laws of segregation in the South.
Slavery in Mississippi went through more stages than most people think. Initially, British convicts, indentured servants, and even Native Americans were used for the labor needs on ...view middle of the document...

Jim Crow laws were actual laws of segregation legislated between 1876 and 1965 in Mississippi and other southern states. Unlike the subtle “de facto” segregation of the North, in Mississippi, it was as “in your face” segregation where there were “Whites only” and “Colored only” drinking fountains, restrooms, and entrances to stores. There were separate schools and libraries for Black and White children with the Black schools and libraries receiving much old books and less funding than the White ones Jim Crow laws included poll taxes and literacy and comprehension tests for voter registration. African-Americans were disenfranchised by the effective implementation of such Jim Crow laws. Though there was resistance and legal attempts to break the hold of Jim Crow laws, Southern Democrats held a firm grip on the South and the national government preventing any real challenge to Jim Crow until the successful Brown vs. Board of Education case. Even then, African-Americans had to fight to get Brown enacted in Mississippi. It wasn’t until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that the de jure segregation (segregation by law) in Mississippi and other southern states was outlawed following the national attention given to the Murder of three Civil and Voting Rights workers and the lack of prosecution of the murderers.
Had Emmett Till never traveled to Mississippi, his name might not be the poster child for the miscarriage of justice in Mississippi during the Jim Crow years. Till went to visit relatives in Money, Mississippi in the...

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