Plessy vs. Ferguson Court Decision

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  • This 1896 U.S. Supreme Court case upheld the constitutionality of segregation under the “separate but equal” doctrine.
  • The case opened because of an incident in 1892 concerning separate train seating. Passenger Homer Plessy, African American, refused to sit in a Jim Crow Car, breaking a Louisiana law.
  • The Court ruled that a state law that "implies merely a legal noting of differences" between blacks and whites did not interfere with the 13th and 14th amendments. Overall, Plessy's argument that his constitutional rights were violated was rejected with a 7-1 vote.
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