Plessy vs. Ferguson

Plessy vs. Ferguson

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  • I'm seven eighths white! I shouldn't have to sit in a Jim Crow Car!
  • A man, Homer Plessy, was arrested for sitting in a car for white people, even though he was 7/8ths white
  • Sir, I am going to have to ask you to move to your car. This car is for white people.
  • I refuse to sit in a Jim Crow Car!
  • Plessy refused to sit in a Jim Crow Car, which was against Louisiana law. He was then arrested
  • I'm going to have to arrest you if you do not move to the car where you belong.
  • Judge Ferguson ruled against Plessy, saying that the law was just a "legal separation" and therefore did not violate his 13th or 14th amendments. 
  • The law was just a legal separation. Therefore you are guilty because your rights were not violated
  • This case was used to decide other disputes like this, until it's reasoning was overturned in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954
  • How it affected policies: This case would let states segregate races, as long as the accomodations were equal, because the court would rule it a legal separation. This way states could make segregate many public places, as long as it upheld the "separate but equal" doctrine. It legalized segregation.
  • Created by: Brayden Shipe and Mason Robertson
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