Plessy v. Ferguson.docx - Plessy v Ferguson 1 The actual case was based on the Louisiana\u2019s Separate Car Act The law was designed to require the state

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Plessy v. Ferguson 1. The actual case was based on the Louisiana’s Separate Car Act. The law was designed to require the state railroads to provide “equal but separate accommodations” for white and African American passengers. The law also prohibited passengers from going into cars that were not designated to them by their skin tone. However, the Plessy v. Ferguson case started when a man named Homer Plessy, who was seven-eighths white and one-eighth African American, bought a rail ticket within Louisiana, but seated himself in a car reserved for white passengers. Plessy refused to switch to a car for African Americans, so he was arrested and charged with violating the Separate Car Act. 2. The original case was in the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans. 3. Homer Plessy [mulatto (7/8 white)] was an African-American train passenger who refused to sit in a railroad car for blacks. Homer Plessy agreed to be in a test to challenge the Sperate Car Act by sitting in a car that he was not supposed to be in. Plessy was a
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