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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