Plessy vs. Ferguson

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Plessy vs. Ferguson

Plessy vs. FergusonIt was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal"

Civil Rights Movement: Plessy vs. Ferguson

Homer Adolph PlessyPlessy was the American Louisiana Creole of Color plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. He was arrested, tried and convicted in New Orleans of a violation of one of Louisiana's racial segregation laws. He appealed through Louisiana state courts to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost. The resulting "separate-but-equal" decision against him had wide consequences for civil rights in the United States. The decision legalized state-mandated segregation anywhere in the United States so long as the facilities provided for both blacks and whites were putatively "equal". Plessy was 7/8 white and 1/8 African American. This meant that it was technically white vs. black in some people's eyes

John Howard Ferguson Ferguson was an American lawyer and judge from Louisiana, most famous as the defendant in the Plessy v. Ferguson case. He served in the Louisiana Legislature and practiced law in New Orleans until he was tapped in 1892 for a judgeship at the criminal district court for the Parish of New Orleans, Louisiana. There he presided over the case Homer Adolph Plessy v. The State of Louisiana. The case was brought by Homer Plessy and eventually led to the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson decision by the United States Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation.


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