explain how scott v.sandford, plessy v. fergason, and brown v. board demonstraite that the u.s constitution is?
how did the U.S. constitution continue to change because of these three cases
- tLv 69 years agoFavorite Answer
Roger Taney in the Dred Scott decision said Congress could not outlaw slavery and that Dred Scott was a slave and therefore not a citizen. The Congress and the States during Reconstruction ratified the 13th amendment which outlawed slavery and then the 14th amendment which naturalized all people (directed mainly at slaves) that were born in the United States as citizens. Those amendments effectively superseded the Dred Scott opinion. The Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson was dealing with a segregated train in New Orleans in 1895. The Court held the segregation law did not violate the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. The Court ruled that public facilities could be separate as long as they were equal. In 1954 a unanimous Court overruled Plessy in Brown v. Board saying that separate but equal was unequal and that it ran afoul of the 14th amendment's equal protection clause.