can some one tell me something abowt plessey v.s ferguson?

im doing a report on plessey v.s ferguson in u.s history

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The first answerer has a website for you, but, basically:

    In the late 1800's, there was a shoemaker named Homer Plessy. He was only 1/8 black, but the state of Louisiana considered him all black. There was also a law named the separate car act. This meant that blacks and whites had to sit in separate train cars. An activist organization, which i believe was called the citizens' committee, asked Plessy to help them. He agreed. On a train, Homer sat on a whites only car. When the conductor arrived, Mr. Plessy told him that he was 1/8 black. When the conductor told him to move to the blacks car, he refused. He was then arrested and released the next morning on bond. The citizens committee then sued. They sued against Mr. Ferguson, who argued that segregation was constitutional, and that Louisiana had a right to segregate. The citizens' committee lost the case. All supreme court justices were in favor, with the exception of Justice Harlan, of Ferguson. The case didn't have much impact but it sprang up the civil rights movement.

    Source(s): Did a project on it just a week ago
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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Plessy v. Ferguson (163 U. S. 537) upheld the constitutionality of segregation in public lodging, and maximum extremely in railroads. This 1896 determination generic the "separate yet equivalent doctrine" that wasn't efficiently challenged till Brown v the Board of preparation in 1954. question: Why did you place up this subject count below the "royalty" type?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Read, don't copy, the Wikipedia entry.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plessy_v._Ferguson

    It is a very good summary and gives a number of references for further analysis and reading at the end.

    Remember as you read the decision was overturned in 1956 in Brown v. BOE

    Keep your report separate but at least equal to the article.

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