What Was the Purpose of the Jim Crow Laws?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 2:37:07 PM ET
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The purpose of the Jim Crow laws was to segregate and disenfranchise black Americans. The Jim Crow system, which was a racial caste class in actuality, was a series of immutable anti-black laws that mainly deprived African Americans the right to suffrage.