Born in 52 and I remember very well the Jim Crow Laws that were in place back then. Were they fair, hell no------certainly nowhere close by today's standards and far off base even back then. There's no doubt being an adult white male back in the 50's had its privileges and being black, Hispanic or Asian had its share of struggles.Another vote for 50's America. I was born within a month of the beginning of Eisenhower's 1st term, and I've always been fascinated and enamored of this decade,...to me, Jim Crow excepted, it was America's Golden Decade...8 years of relative stability, peace and steady prosperity in a much simpler time. Yes, give me Eisenhower's America...a steady, wise hand at the helm for 8 years. I have always wished that I was an adult then and had experienced the entire decade.
I can vividly remember the segregation of races in just about all public places, especially in the south where I'm from. Black folk had their lunch counters in public places, water fountains, bathrooms, sections of theaters they were and were not allowed in, swimming pools, amusement parks, schools-----hell, even public transit where they were made to sit behind the side door exit near the back of the bus, and even then when the "White" section got filled, they were told to stand and give their seat to a white passenger, thus the crux of the Rosa Parks issue in Montgomery, Alabama.
One thing I miss is the fact almost all businesses would close on Sundays for people to be with family instead of working for the companies chasing the last almighty dollar like they do today.
Not only did we have the Jim Crow Laws, but we also had what were known as Blue Laws where on Sundays if a store was open, it could sell groceries, but not commodities like pens, notebooks, cookware, any type hardware, sporting goods, liquor, etc.--------at least not legally. If you could eat it or drink it as long as it had no alcohol, you could buy it. Other than that, you had to wait until Monday.