The Law Of The Land For 57 Years

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Separate but equal. This was the law of the land for 57 years. Plessy v. Ferguson was passed in 1896. On June 7, 1892, Homer Plessy bought a first-class train ticket. Homer Plessy was seven-eighths white, and one-eighth black, but had the appearance of a white man. When he got on the train, he took a empty seat in a white-only car. Plessy was then arrested and imprisoned, he was brought to court in New Orleans and charged with violating the law of 1890 that required all railroads in a state have "separate but equal"1 accommodations for white and African American passengers. Plessy petitioned the judge saying that the 13th Amendment, which banned slavery was violated, but the court ruled that under the 14th Amendment was to create…show more content…
The lawyers were trying to get black students to attend school with white children. Brown V. Board of Education was filed against Topeka, Kansas school board system by representative-plaintiff Oliver Brown, a parent to one of the black children denied access into one of Topeka 's all-white schools. Brown alleged that Topeka 's racial segregation violated the Constitution 's Equal Protection Clause because the white and black schools were not "equal" and they never could be, but the federal court dismissed the case saying that the schools were "substantially" equal. Afterwards, Brown proposed it to the Supreme Court, which then they reviewed school segregation all together. The decision was unanimous in stating that racial segregation of public schools violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. With this, segregation was banded in schools along with the "separate but equal" law.3 In this paper, I would like to establish the different and similar views of three historians on the Brown v. Board of Education case. James T. Patterson is one of the many historians that studied about Brown v. Board of Education. He wrote the book Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy. James T. Patterson completely agrees with the Supreme Court Justice, Earl Warren, and all of the decisions he made about this case. James T. Patterson believes that education is the most important thing, and if the white schools
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