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Updated: 3/10/2020
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  • Plessy v.Ferguson
  • Louisiana passed a law that that blacks and whites needed to have separate railways. In 1892, Homer Plessy- one eight Caucasian and seven eights white- refused to sit in the black section and was arrested.
  • Can a state impose racial segregation by offering "separate-but-equal" facilities, without violating the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment?
  • This issue deals with the fourteenth amendment.
  • The segregation law breached the equal protection law and violated the thirteenth amendment to abolish slavery.
  • Plessy should have sat in the colored section. The law stated that the railroad would be set up separate but equal.
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