The Plessy case: a legal-historical interpretation

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In 1896 the U.S. Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson upheld "equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races" on all passenger railways within the state of Louisiana. In this account with implications for present-day America, Lofgren traces the roots of this landmark case in the post-Civil War South and pinpoints its moorings in the era's constitutional, legal, and intellectual doctrines. After reviewing de facto racial separation and the shift by southern states to legislated transportation segregation, he shows that the Fourteenth Amendment became a ready vehicle for legitimating classification by race. At the same time, scientists and social scientists were proclaiming black racial inferiority and lower courts were embracing separate-but-equal in ordinary law suits. Within this context, a group of New Orleans blacks launched a judicial challenge to Louisiana's 1890 Separate Car Law and carried the case to the Supreme Court, where the resulting opinions by Justices Henry Billings Brown and John Marshall Harlan pitted legal doctrines and "expert" opinion about race against the idea of a color-blind Constitution. Throughout his account, Lofgren probes the intellectual premises that shaped this important episode in the history of law and race in America--an episode that still raises troubling questions about racial classification and citizenship--revealing its dynamics and place in the continuum of legal change.
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History
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Louisiana
Se?gre?gation dans le transport -- E?tats-Unis
Se?gre?gation en e?ducation -- E?tats-Unis
Segregation in education -- Law and legislation
Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- Louisiana -- History
Segregation in education -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Segregation in transportation -- Law and legislation
Segregation in transportation -- Law and legislation -- Louisiana -- History
Segregation in transportation -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Ségrégation dans le transport -- États-Unis
Ségrégation en éducation -- États-Unis
United States
title_displayThe Plessy case : a legal-historical interpretation
title_fullThe Plessy case : a legal-historical interpretation / Charles A. Lofgren
title_shortThe Plessy case
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History
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Se?gre?gation dans le transport
Se?gre?gation en e?ducation
Segregation in education
Segregation in transportation
Ségrégation dans le transport
Ségrégation en éducation