Brown V Board Of Education Of Topeka Essay example

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Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)

Brown v Board of Education of Topeka (1954), is a landmark Supreme Court case that changed the shape of American History. It affected not only the Browns, but everyone in the country. The case didn’t only deal with race, but it dealt with education and equal protection. Going back to the start of the country, African Americans were not treated as equal as white Americans were. African Americans were considered property, not humans. Even after the American Civil War, they still weren’t given the same rights that were fully given to whites under the U.S Constitution. It all started in the 1950s. At that time, racism was a very big part of the United States of America. Everything was “separate, but equal.” But, it really wasn’t equal. The case that coined the term “separate, but equal” was Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 US 537 (1896). In Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 US 537 (1896), Homer Plessy bought a first class ticket in the whites only car of a train in Louisiana. At the time, Louisiana State Legislature passed the Separate Car Act of 1890, requiring “equal, but separate” train accommodations for blacks and whites. Plessy announced to the conductor that he was black and refused to give up his seat when ordered by the conductor, and was arrested. He believed that the law was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court held that the Louisiana law was constitutional and that “separate, but equal” was legal. This meant that…

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