Essay about Theu.s. Plessy V. Ferguson

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In the aftermath of Reconstruction, which ended in 1877, the Southern State governments again became “white man 's governments.” The new State legislatures enacted Jim Crow laws to legally segregate races and appoint “second-class citizenship upon African Americans” (Supreme). Enforced by criminal penalties, these laws created separate schools, parks, waiting rooms, and other segregated public accommodations. “In its ruling in the Civil Rights Cases of 1883, the Court made clear that the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment provided no guarantee against private segregation. It would now be asked to rule on what protection the 14th Amendment offered in matters of public segregation” (Supreme).
Plessy v. Ferguson was a very important case, dated back at April 18, 1896. The Plessy v. Ferguson case was when the Supreme Court considered the due process of a Louisiana law passed in 1890, additionally "providing for separate railway carriages for the white and colored races" (The First). As a matter of fact, this law required that all passenger railways provide separate cars for blacks and whites, to make sure that the cars are equal of each race separately. The Louisiana law of 1890, banned whites from sitting in black cars and blacks in white cars, with exception to "nurses attending children of the other race" (The First). Consequently, the law states to discipline passengers or railway employees for violating the law’s terms.
The circumstance of Homer Plessy, the…

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