Judgment in Plessy v. Ferguson
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The ruling in this Supreme Court case upheld a Louisiana state law that allowed for "equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races." Find further background information and a transcript of this document on the list of 100 Milestone Documents of American history on www.ourdocuments.gov.
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Issued on May 18, 1896, this Supreme Court decision upheld a Louisiana state law that allowed for "equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races" on railroad cars. Over the next 60 years, civil rights advocates challenged Plessy v. Ferguson, but it was not until the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education that state-enforced segregation was judged to be a violation of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.
This primary source comes from the Records of the Supreme Court of the United States.
National Archives Identifier: 1685178Full Citation: Judgment in Plessy v. Ferguson; 5/18/1896; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States, Record Group 267. [Online Version, https://www.docsteach.org/documents/document/judgment-in-plessy-v-ferguson, July 26, 2016]
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