The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation

Michigan Bar Journal, November 11, 2019, Page 57

2 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2020

Date Written: August 14, 2019

Abstract

The Story of Plessy v Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation is about segregation and racism in America. Plessy v Ferguson is one of the most compelling and dramatic cases of the 19th Century. The Supreme Court's decision in 1896 protected a system of segregation whose reverberations are still being felt today.

Arresting Homer Plessy for refusing to move to the Jim Crow railroad car reserved for blacks was prearranged. Although overruled by the Supreme Court's 1954 decision in Brown v Board of Education Plessy remains relevant today. Black people will tell you without hesitation that "racism in America is alive and well" - manifested economically, socially, educationally and in many other ways.

Racism is enforced both consciously and unconsciously and is maintained by legal and cultural institutions in our society. Separate brings to life the complex notions that dominate conversations about race in America today. Separate gives readers intimate knowledge about how we got to where we are today and what the future might hold.

Keywords: Racism, Segregation, Plessy, Brown v Bd of Education, Jim Crow

Suggested Citation

Johnson, James A., The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation (August 14, 2019). Michigan Bar Journal, November 11, 2019, Page 57. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3515562

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