Persuasive Essay On Civil Rights

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As Justice Henry Brown once said, “the object of the 14th amendment was undoubtedly to enforce the absolute equality of the two races”, but racial segregation was a key point in these cases. Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education are two major cases in the United States that inspired the movement of civil rights for African Americans. In 1896 Homer Plessy fought for his 13th and 14th amendments. While in 1952, Linda Brown argued that segregated schools violated the 14th amendment. The 14th amendment states “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of laws” (Plessy). Meaning that everyone is equal and everyone shall be treated equal by law. So, due to their rights Plessy and Brown took their cases to court. First, the case of Plessy v. Ferguson. In 1892, Homer Plessy a resident of Louisiana, decided to challenge a Louisiana law requiring segregation on rail cars by buying a ticket and sitting in the “whites only” car. Plessy was one eighth black and was arrested for refusing to leave the vehicle. The 1890 Separate Car Act of Louisiana required “railway companies carrying passengers in their coaches in that state, to provide equal, but separate accommodations for the white and colored races” (Plessy). The meaning of this is that everyone was required to be treated equally, but there was the separation of blacks and whites in these rail cars and if

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