Racism and American History

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From the civil war era to 1900, strong barriers were created between different racial ethnicities. The racial barriers against various ethnic groups cast limitations on their full rights and citizenships. Typically, racial barriers were created for more than one factor. What eventually led to the creation of racial barriers against working-class African American and Asian was not simply racism but the combinations of racism with other social, political and economic factors. One of the most crucial factors that had contributed to racial barriers was definitely the racism among working class African Americans. The racism is best shown in the Plessy V. Ferguson case established in 1896.[ 100 milestone documents, “U.S. Supreme Court Plessy V. Ferguson,” National Archives, ] This petition was originally filed by Homer Plessy to the supreme court of state against John H. Ferguson, the judge of the criminal district court for the parish of New Orleans. Plessy was a legal citizen of Louisiana, of mixed descent with a proportion of seventh-eighths Caucasian and one-eighth African blood. With this being said, Plessy was still considered as an African race. On June 7, 1892, he paid for the first class passage on the East Louisiana Railway and took a seat that was designated for white people upon entering the passenger train. Due to Plessy’s refusal to take another seat, he was imprisoned in the parish jail of New Orleans. He was fined for violating
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