Mississippi History Essay

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History of Mississippi
Mississippi is a state located in Southern United States, which is known for their history of Slavery. Before the start of the 19th century racial tensions were extremely high, African Americans were forced to obey ridiculous laws such as drinking from labeled water fountains, no right to vote & you couldn’t disrespect any human from the white race or you could face consequences. In Africa, voting rights were denied to blacks outright, by denying them citizenship. In the United States, denial of voting rights was enforced by local custom, by lynching and other forms of violence, or by poll taxes and selective enforcement of literacy requirements as described above, Living in the South was a horrible environment for African Americans & it was only getting worse, because then came through a group named the Ku Klux Klan which believed whites were better than other races , the believed that Whites were the superior race , they extremely hated
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Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote. So that means blacks were finally gaining the respect & freedom they deserved, when I say freedom I don’t mean the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. I mean the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. In Brown v. Board of Education the Supreme Court outlawed segregated public education facilities for blacks and whites at the state level. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended all state and local laws requiring segregation. So that was basically the end of “most” racism. Due to all the racism in the past a lot of African Americans left Southern America which made White people have a higher population in