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Freedom Riders and Jim Crow Laws

What were the social, economic, and political forces at work in the 1960s during the time of the Freedom Riders?

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Freedom Riders
With the ruling of Boynton v. Virginia, the practice of segregation was outlawed in the United States. This was a landmark case that gave African Americans the right to ride buses, wait in wait in waiting rooms, and use the same restrooms as whites in every state. These laws were known as Jim Crow Laws. The problem with Boynton vs. Virginia was that it was not enforced beyond the Mason-Dixon Line, which is the line that separates the south from the North. Southerners did not feel that these laws were applicable (Murray, 2011). Even though these laws officially outlawed the practices of discrimination in these areas, it took action from Freedom Riders in order to achieve the enforcement of the law.

Economic Factors
The first freedom riders were a group of 12 people that consisted of six white and six black individual, who came from different walks of life, but were bound together by a common goal to fight against the inequality of Jim Crow Laws that had engulfed the country in controversy. These riders faced many economic hardships. They had limited resources that were used to make it to each stop along the long trip that ...

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