Plessy vs. Ferguson


an HMS American Cultures collaborative production


Plessy vs. Ferguson occurred post war, and was a landmark Supreme Court Decision. This decision gave "separate but equal" accomodations for blacks and whites on railroads and claimed it to be constitutional, under the doctrine "separate but equal". This also provided legal foundation for the state governments to justify other public accomodations into socially separated places. The case was planned to see if they could push the newly enacted Separate Car Act which separated railroad cars for blacks and whites. Homer Plessy was only 1/8 black, but still the state of Louisiana considered him to be black. Since he could be considered as white, he boarded on a white car. Plessy was immediately arrested for refusing to move. The case went all the way to the Supreme Court in 1896. Plessy vs. Ferguson remained standard until Brown vs. Board of Educationin 1954.
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Homer Plessy


Online Sources:
Robinson, Susan. "Plessy vs. Ferguson." 25 May 2009. http://www.gibbsmagazine.com/Plessy.htm
Zimmerman, Thomas. "Plessy v. Ferguson." 25 May 2009. http://www.bgsu.edu/departments/acs/1890s/plessy/plessy.html
"Plessy v. Ferguson." Wikipedia. 25 May 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plessy_v._Ferguson

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