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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.
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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