ABOUT JIM CROW LAWS
Jim Crow laws were state and local laws that enforced racial segregation in the Southern United States. These laws were enacted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by white Southern Democrat-dominated state legislatures to disenfranchise and remove political and economic gains made by black people during the Reconstruction period. Jim Crow laws were enforced until 1965.
Original Post Date: June 6, 2021
Date Posted To This Site: October 8, 2021
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In practice, Jim Crow laws mandated racial segregation in all public facilities in the states of the former Confederate States of America and in some others, beginning in the 1870s. Jim Crow laws were upheld in 1896 in the case of Plessy vs. Ferguson, in which the U.S. Supreme Court laid out its “separate but equal” legal doctrine for facilities for African Americans. Moreover, public education had essentially been segregated since its establishment in most of the South after the Civil War in 1861–65.
The legal principle of “separate but equal” racial segregation was extended to public facilities and transportation, including the coaches of interstate trains and buses. Facilities for African Americans were consistently inferior and underfunded compared to facilities for white Americans; sometimes, there were no facilities for the black community at all. As a body of law, Jim Crow institutionalized economic, educational, and social disadvantages for African Americans living in the South.
In 1954, segregation of public schools (state-sponsored) was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren in the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education.[ In some states, it took many years to implement this decision, while the Warren Court continued to rule against the Jim Crow laws in other cases such as Heart of Atlanta Motel, Inc. v. United States (1964).
ABOUT THE SOURCE MUSIC
“Boot Scootin’ Boogie”, written by Ronnie Dunn, is a song first recorded by the band Asleep at the Wheel for their 1990 album, Keepin’ Me Up Nights. American country music duo Brooks & Dunn recorded a cover version, which was included on their 1991 debut album, Brand New Man. It originally served as the B-side to their second single, “My Next Broken Heart”. It became the duo’s fourth single release and fourth consecutive number-one single on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.
The song’s success is credited with having sparked a renewed interest in line dancing throughout the United States. The song was Brooks & Dunn’s first crossover hit, reaching number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. A dance mix of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” can be found on Brooks & Dunn’s 1993 album, Hard Workin’ Man.
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