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Title: Plessy v Ferguson

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Subject: History
Author: Mary B
Date: February 16, 2015
Level: University
Grade: A
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When a conductor ordered Plessy to give up his seat, he refused. He was then arrested and ordered imprisoned by Ferguson, a local judge. On appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court found that the statute under which Plessy had been arrested was valid. Question: Was Louisiana's Separate Car Act constitutional? Plessy appealed to the United States Supreme Court on the grounds that Louisiana's statute violated the Thirteenth Amendment, which forbids slavery, and the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits the states from denying "to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws...

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The Court held that "a legal distinction between the white and colored races ... has no tendency to destroy the legal equality of the two races." However, concerned with the Fourteenth Amendment, Brown concluded that it aimed strictly "to enforce the absolute equality of the two races before the law," but that it "could not have been intended to abolish distinctions based on color, or to enforce social, as distinguished from political, equality...

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