Plessy v. Ferguson: Segregation and the Road to Modern Civil Rights

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Plessy v. Ferguson: Segregation and the Road to Modern Civil Rights
After the passing of the 1866 Civil Rights Act, several states amended the constitution and a growing number of Southern states enacted various “Jim Crow” laws segregating white and black citizens. The state of Louisiana enacted a law that required separate railway cars for blacks and whites. In 1892, Homer Adolph
Plessy
, a light-skinned black man from New Orleans, took a seat in a train car designated for whites only. When
Plessy
refused to move to the car reserved for blacks, he was arrested. His case was appealed first to the Supreme Court of Louisiana, who upheld Ferguson’s decision, and then to the United States Supreme Court. On May 18th, 1896, the case went was...
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.....al validity of Louisiana segregation law.
Part of a planned challenge to the Louisiana Separate Cart Act by group of Black professionals in New Orleans.
Tested the constitutionality of segregated train cars upheld by single state.
Though created a segregated society with vast inequalities, the outcome of the
Plessy
v. Ferguson case is also crucial for the radical reforms that come in the middle of twentieth century.
It paved the way for a discussion of race that, in the nineteenth century shortly after the Civil War, would have been impossible to have with the same clarity and variety of voices. The rights of minorities, women, and the disenfranchised at large would emerge stronger after industrialization and economic reforms decades later.