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plessey v. ferguson

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on 3 May 2010

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Transcript of plessey v. ferguson

Double click anywhere & add an idea Plessey V. Ferguson "On June 7, 1892, a 30-year-old colored shoemaker named
Homer Plessy was jailed for sitting in the "White"
car of the East Louisiana Railroad. Plessy was only
one-eighth black and seven-eighths white, but under
Louisiana law, he was considered black and therefore
required to sit in the "Colored" car" (watson 1) "Plessy went to court and argued, in Homer Adolph Plessy v. The State of Louisiana, that the Separate Car Act violated the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution." (watson 1) thirteenth amendment: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. fourteenth amendmant: All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. both courts, the supreme court and the court led by john ferguson, decided that the case did not deal with either amendment. the thirteenth abolished slavery but the seperat but equal act was constitutional so sitting in seperate cars was constituional. and the forteenth only criticized certain things, and this case did not fall under one of those things. another reason the case was decided against plessy was because he was challenging the seperate car act. also he told the officers before getting on the train that he was 1/8 black heritege, so he meant to test the law. In other words, the thirteenth amendment abolsihed slavery and was ratified on 12/6/1865. Simply put, the fourteenth amendment has four parts:
1. The first part guarantees equal treatment for all citizens.
2. The second part reads that if a person is denied the right to vote, then the number of representatives in the House of Representatives will also be reduced.
3. The third part reads that if a person engaged in rebellion, then he could not serve in congress. However, This doesn't apply today.
4. The fourth part denied federal payment for the costs of the Confederate rebellion. This doesn't apply today either.
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