Plessy V. J. H. Ferguson Case Analysis

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Slavery began in the early 1600’s when the first slaves were brought to Jamestown, Va to help aid with the production of Tobacco. Back then they weren’t called slaves, but indentured servants and worked for the farmers for 7 years due to the colony not having a code for slaves. When their 7 years were up they set free and given land. As exports became more valuable farmers became hesitant about letting their indentured servants go. Slavery didn’t become legalized until 1645 it was then that Africans were no longer considered human beings but property instead. In 1660 a company by the name of Black Gold was founded and was used to transport African slaves from Africa to the Americas. When slavery was outlawed from England, in 1806, the Colonies …show more content…
J.H. Ferguson case the Supreme Court made it legal to separate people due to the color of their skin. It also stated that segregation didn’t break the fourteenth amendment. A few years earlier between 1873 and 1833 the Supreme court made a few decisions that stated separate facilities were legal as long as people were treated equally. In addition to that it was against the law to teach any person of color. “Any white person who shall assemble with slaves, [or] free negroes . . . for the purpose of instructing them to read or write, . . .shall be punished by confinement in the jail . . . and by fine . . .” (1847 Virginia Criminal Code)Even though it was a risk to teach African Americans, That didn’t stop some people from teaching African Americans such as Margaret Crittenden Douglass. She was caught teaching free African American kids how to read and how to write in her Sunday School at church. She was imprisoned in the Common Jail of Northfolk,Va for a month due to her “crimes” . In 2004 a social experiment was done on a group of children. The results were mentioned at a White House Conference on Children and Youth. “The report indicates that as minority group children learn the inferior status to which they are assigned—as they observe the fact that they are almost always segregated and kept apart from others who are treated with more respect by the society as a whole—they often react with feelings …show more content…
The low self esteem and feel of worth, the segregation in the communities, how African Americans have to work harder based off of the color of their skin, etc. It’s easy to understand how all of this came about when you know the history of how all things came about. African Americans aren’t seen as equal due to not only segregation but slavery. When African Americans became property is when they started to be seen as lesser beings. Due to people thinking they are lesser beings, inferior to whites, it became against the law to teach them education. If you were caught educating an African American you would be thrown in prison. From there it became a domino effect, because African Americans were enslaved they didn’t get the proper education they needed. They weren’t up to date on things, it was nearly 300 years to since they were freed and only to make things worse it became illegal to teach them after freed. Which put them back another 100

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