Jim Crow Was a Product of Government

by Don Boudreaux on February 15, 2009

in History, Law, Myths and Fallacies

Here's an important history — and economics — lesson from the Boston Globe's Jeff Jacoby.  His conclusion is this:

Many Americans know that it took strong government action in the 1950s
and 1960s to end Southern segregation. Far too few realize that it was
government action that established segregation in the first place.
Today, when the power of the state is being aggrandized as never
before, the history of Jim Crow offers a cautionary reminder: When the
political class overrides the private sector, what ensues can be a
national disgrace.


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