Plessy vs Ferguson

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Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education In the 1896 case of Plessy v. Ferguson the Supreme Court decided that having ”separate but equal” accommodations for Whites and Colored did not violate the 14th Amendment (Wolff, 1997). This allowed states to continue segregation as they saw fit. The Plessy v. Ferguson case was centered on the segregation of railroad cars but the final ruling supported that all “separate but equal” accommodations were allowed by the constitution and was therefore allowed in restaurants, busses, and even schools. In 1954 the Supreme Court decided that “separate but equal” was not acceptable in the case of Brown v. the Topeka Board of Education. They determined that segregation went against the…show more content…
Board Of Education”). Another compelling argument was of sociological tests that showed how segregated schools systems could make the black children feel inferior to white children and should therefore not be legal ("History Of Brown V. Board Of Education”). Between the two hearings of the case Chief Justice Fred Vinson died and was replace by Governor Earl Warren of California. This is one of the reasons the case was heard a second time. Chief Justice Warren was finally able to bring all of the Justices to a unanimous decision. This decision was delivered on May 14, 1954, stating that separate schools are unequal ("History Of Brown V. Board Of Education”). The Supreme Court did not immediately enact its ruling because of the highly expected opposition. Instead they decided to let the attorney generals of each state decide how to go about desegregation. It wouldn’t be for many more years that all schools would be fully desegregated ("History Of Brown V. Board Of Education”). This case was not the beginning of desegregation but it is one of the more notable acts towards that end. Segregation is one of the biggest hurdles the people of the United States had to get through to be where we are today. Without a ruling such as this there would not be the amount of diversity as there is today or in our society in general. References Brown
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