Plessy V Ferguson Race And Inequality In Jim Crow America Landmark Law Cases And American Society

Author: WilliamJames Hull Hoffer
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
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Six decades before Rosa Parks boarded her fateful bus, another traveler in the Deep South tried to strike a blow against racial discrimination—but ultimately fell short of that goal, leading to the Supreme Court's landmark 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. Now Williamjames Hull Hoffer vividly details the origins, litigation, opinions, and aftermath of this notorious case.

In response to the passage of the Louisiana Separate Car Act of 1890, which prescribed "equal but separate accommodations" on public transportation, a group called the Committee of Citizens decided to challenge its constitutionality. At a pre-selected time and place, Homer Plessy, on behalf of the committee, boarded a train car set aside for whites, announced his non-white racial identity, and was immediately arrested. The legal deliberations that followed eventually led to the Court's 7-1 decision in Plessy, which upheld both the Louisiana statute and the state's police powers. It also helped create a Jim Crow system that would last deep into the twentieth century, until Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and other cases helped overturn it.

Hoffer's readable study synthesizes past work on this landmark case, while also shedding new light on its proceedings and often-neglected historical contexts. From the streets of New Orleans' Faubourg Trem district to the justices' chambers at the Supreme Court, he breathes new life into the opposing forces, dissecting their arguments to clarify one of the most important, controversial, and socially revealing cases in American law. He particularly focuses on Justice Henry Billings Brown's ruling that the statute's "equal, but separate" condition was a sufficient constitutional standard for equality, and on Justice John Marshall Harlan's classic dissent, in which he stated, "Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among its citizens."

Hoffer's compelling reconstruction illuminates the controversies and impact of Plessy v. Ferguson for a new generation of students and other interested readers. It also pays tribute to a group of little known heroes from the Deep South who failed to hold back the tide of racial segregation but nevertheless laid the groundwork for a less divided America.

Plessy V Ferguson

Author: Williamjames Hoffer
Publisher: Landmark Law Cases & American
ISBN: 9780700618477
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A concise readable summary and guide to "Plessy v. Ferguson" (1896), one of the Supreme Court's most famous and controversial decisions--one that offered legal cover for the practice of segregation for nearly six decades.

The Rise Of The Jim Crow Era

Author: Maria Hussey
Publisher: Encyclopaedia Britannica
ISBN: 1680480448
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Author: Mark Elliott Associate Professor of History University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Author: Michelle Alexander
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 1595588191
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Literacy rates among Black Americans improved over the twentieth century as
young children were able to get at least a basic ... in the 1896 decision Plessy v.
Ferguson. The decision enshrined the principle of “separate but equal” into U.S.
constitutional law. ... coalition of civil rights organizations challenged his arrest,
ultimately taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. ... Plessy v. Ferguson
ushered in the infamous period of Jim Crow segregation, legitimating racial
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