Civil Rights/Liberties

Civil Rights/Liberties
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  • Homer Adolph Plessy
  • Is Louisiana's law on trains go against the equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment?!
  • state law is within constitutional boundaries
  • Civil Rights/Liberties: Plessy vs Ferguson(1896)
  • BUT THEY ARE EQUAL
  • The state of Louisiana had a law that required separate railway cars for blacks and whites.  Plessy,  who was seven-eighths Caucasian, took a seat in a "whites only" car of a Louisiana train. He refused to move to the car reserved for blacks and was arrested.
  • GUILTY
  • Right Gained: constitutional rights still contribute to the states 
  • Right Denied: separate facilities for blacks and whites satisfied the Fourteenth Amendment so long as they were equal. 
  • Equal but separate accommodations for whites and blacks imposed by Louisiana do not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment
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