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Unformatted text preview: Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896) Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954 ) Summary of Plessy v. Ferguson: Can the states constitutionally enact legislation requiring persons of different races to use “separate but equal” segregated facilities? • Plessy, 7/8 white and having white skin, attempted to sit in an all-white railroad car. • After refusing to sit in the black railway carriage car, Plessy was arrested for violating an 1890 Louisiana statute that provided for segregated “separate but equal” railroad accommodations. • Those using facilities not designated for their race were criminally liable under the statute. • Plessy was found guilty on the grounds that the law was a reasonable exercise of the state’s police powers based upon custom, usage, and tradition in the state. • Plessy filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Louisiana against Ferguson, asserting that segregation stigmatized blacks and stamped them with a badge of inferiority in violation of the...
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This note was uploaded on 03/14/2011 for the course DOC 2 taught by Professor Wimberley during the Spring '08 term at UCSD.
- Spring '08