Plessy v. Ferguson

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Plessy v. Ferguson This was a petition filed in the supreme court of Louisiana in 1896, by Homer Plessy, the plaintiff. He filed this petition against the Honorable John H. Ferguson, judge of The petitioner was a citizen of the United States and a descent meaning he had both white and African American ethnic backgrounds. Keep in mind that at this time Blacks were not considered equal to whites. Mr. Plessy to be exact was seven-eights Caucasian and one-eighth African American blood. The amount of African American in his blood was hardly discernable to say the least. He therefore felt he was entitled to every recognition, rights, privileges, and immunities secured to the citizens of the United States of the of the white race by its constitution and laws, that on June 7, 1892, he engaged and paid for a first class passage on the East Louisiana Railway. The trip from New Orleans to Covington, in the same state, and thereupon entered a passenger train, and took possession of a vacant seat in a coach where passengers of the white race were accommodated, that such railroad company was incorporated by the laws of Louisiana as a common carrier. It was not authorized to distinguished between citizens according to their race, but, the petitioner was required by the conductor, under the penalty of ejection from the white car, he was then imprisoned by the conductor aided by a police officer, for no other reason than race he was imprisoned. With the help of police officers they hurried him off the train and took him immediately to the county Parish's office. In New Orleans there held to answer a charge made by such officer t... ... middle of paper ... ...ality of the two races, or re-establish a state of involuntary servitude. Indeed we do not understand that the plaintiff strenuously relies upon the thirteenth amendment. This case was one that really brought about a reform in civil right laws. It also gave the civil rights movement a pretty good kick-start. This case was a sound decision 9- 0. This rare thing for 9 Supreme Court justices to agree on a decision. But whereas they thought this decision would end the entire civil rights dispute, the decision only enraged blacks and civil rights activist into fighting harder to correct the problems facing American society. I feel that this is one of the most influential cases to ever reach the Supreme Court. Without crucial decisions such as these, I do not feel that our country would be where it is today.
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