MM Mustard Walter Williams used to make this point quite well. He would point out that you don’t need laws if society is segregating voluntarily. The Jim Crow laws came about from racist Democrats wanting to push back against the natural integration caused by free market voluntarism.
Please correct me MM Mustard and everyone, if i am wrong...i'm British and no expert, but I'm also very interested in this! Id really appreciate the input of you Americans, if u please!
I understood that immediately following the emancipation of the slaves there were no jim crow laws.....for a while.
Then, particularly westerners, didn't want to have to compete with freed slaves for work, who would probably offer more competitive rates (being used to hardship i'm guessing).
I even heard the first whites to take offence to the races competing in an open jobs market were the doctors, who instigated some kind of riot. Slaves simply cured more people, using home grown foods and natural remedies. The house slaves probably practiced good hygeine, too, with good home nursing care.
Where as white doctors were still administering dangerous cures like mercury. Its like many modern hippocratic oaths state - you promise firstly to do no harm to your patient, only then do you promise to do your best to cure.