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        The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow | Blacks and Whites in the New South

        The years immediately following the Civil War were rife with change for both whites and blacks in the new South. While some blacks were unable to throw off the chains of servitude and continued to do hard, ill-paid, subservient work, others, despite many obstacles, managed to enter into professions that led to the creation of a new black middle-class. For the most part, whites responded with fear to the attitudes of pride and assertion they observed in blacks, who they had previously considered inferior, and sought to make a legal separation between the races.

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