Supreme Court was inclined to agree with the white-supremacist judgment and in 1883 began striking down the foundation of the Reconstruction, declaring the Civil Rights Act of 1875 unconstitutional. The Jim Crow laws were a consequence of white fear after Reconstruction, according to Lerone Bennett, the executive editor of Ebony and one of Mississippi's most successful black writers of the 20th Century. "So long as Negroes were slaves, so long as they posed no threat to the political and economic supremacy of whites, men were content to live with them on terms of relative intimacy.


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