Polisci 021908

Polisci 021908 - Polisci notes -Is segregation by law...

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Polisci notes -Is segregation by law (dejure) constitutional? Supreme Court essentially said yes as long as the state provided separate but equal protection Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896) This began to evaporate in the 20 th century -By late 1930s civil rights advocates (NAACP) wanted to end legal segregation tried to get cases in federal court. They didn’t approach directly and in 1938 brought a case to Supreme Court and was directed at the state of Missouri (school was completely segregated)…they didn’t set up a separate law school for African Americans, told them if they wanted a legal education you can go some place else. The court looked at the case and said it wasn’t providing a separate but equal environment and told them to make a place for African Americans - 1950 – after WWII , NAACP got a case going versus Texas, set up a separate law school for African Americans but it wasn’t a really a law school (one room, in basement, in Austin, Texas), the Supreme Court thought this was wrong too because they weren’t providing equal facilities, - 1950 – University of Oklahoma decided to admit an African American to one of its graduate programs in education, the student lived in a segregated dorm and had his own room in the library where he could work and in the classroom the University erected a plywood barrier around the student so none of the other students in the class could see him. The court questioned if this was equal education, they thought part of the process
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