On....An American Tragedy: The Enduring Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson

Baltimore Afro-American, May 1996

2 Pages Posted: 12 Nov 2009  

F. Michael Higginbotham

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: May 25, 1996

Abstract

This article addresses the legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Plessy v. Ferguson, and its effects since the time of its rendering. The author points out that although the decision did not create racial segregation and discrimination, it confirmed and legitimized practices already in place around much of the nation. Although government imposed segregation has ended, racial separation by choice continues in many areas including housing.

Keywords: Plessy v. Ferguson, Supreme Court, equal protection clause, 14th. Amendment, inequality, separation, racial discrimination, economic disparities, Adolph Plessy, fair housing, racial segregation

JEL Classification: K19, N41, N31,

Suggested Citation

Higginbotham, F. Michael, On....An American Tragedy: The Enduring Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson (May 25, 1996). Baltimore Afro-American, May 1996 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1502977

F. Michael Higginbotham (Contact Author)

University of Baltimore - School of Law ( email )

1420 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
United States

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