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plessy vs. ferguson

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Lyn Biesendorfer

on 2 February 2014

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Transcript of plessy vs. ferguson

Plessy vs Ferguson
Homer Plessy
30 year old man
7/8 white
He and his family were considered free people of color
What happened?
All Aboard!
Plessy tried to board the white train
He was willingly arrested on June 7, 1892
Homer Plessy bought a train ticket to travel from New Orleans to Covington Louisiana in 1892
Plessy goes to Court
Took it to Supreme Court
Lawyer was Thurgood Marshal
Judge was John H. Ferguson
Effects Today
Effects Then on Blacks
"Separate but Equal"
"I have traveled in this free country for twenty hours without anything to eat; not because I had no money to pay for it, but because I was colored. Other passengers of a lighter hue had breakfast, lunch and supper. In traveling we are thrown in "Jim Crow" cars, denied the privilege of buying a berth in the sleeping cars."
-Legislature and teacher Benjamin W. Arnett
Fired up the emotions of people of all different races
Deeply angered many people
Acted as a big contribution to the Brown vs Board of Education
Brings more attention to the fourteenth amendment
Brings equality to people of different races
Fourteenth Amendment
Our Opinion...
Effects then on Whites
Made them feel unsafe and nervous
Caused them to start taking sides
All persons born at naturalized in the United States... No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United Sates; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws.
Thurgood Marshal
John H. Ferguson
The Trial

Plessy lost on May 18, 1896
The Jury decided segregation was constitutional
"Separate but Equal"
Legal statement that permitted racial segregation
Equal wasn't Equal
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