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Updated: 2/24/2019
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  • Plessy V. Ferguson 
  • The state of Louisiana enacted a law that required separate railway cars for blacks and whites.
  • He refused to move to the car reserved for blacks and was arrested. 
  • In 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy who was seven-eighths Caucasian took a seat in a " whites only " car of a Louisiana train.
  • Was Louisiana's law mandating racial segregation on it's trains unconstitutional and a violation of the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment?( Which states that the government must treat everyone equally) 
  • This issue is based on the fourteenth amendment
  • Plessy argued in court that the Separate Car Act violated the thirteenth and fourteenth amendment to the constitution.
  • Ferguson was the judge. He decided that the state could choose to regulate railroad companies that operated solely within the state of Louisiana. Therefore, Ferguson found Plessy guilty and declared the Separate Car Act constitutional.
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