Plessy Vs Ferguson Case Study

1002 Words5 Pages

Chaseng Xiong
4th Period
Plessy Vs. Ferguson The case of Plessy Vs. Ferguson took place in the Old Louisiana State Capitol. The petitioner of the case was Homer Plessy, and the respondent of the case was John H. Ferguson. The hearing began on April 13th, 1896, and came to a conclusion on May 18th, 1896. This case was one of the beginning cases for Separate but Equal, and is still remembered to this day.
This case all started when Plessy, who was seven eighths white, sat down in the “white” train car and was asked to leave and sit in the “colored” train car. After his refusal to leave, he was arrested and convicted for not abiding by the Separate Car Act. The Separate Car Act was one of the first acts that had separated any races from another. This sparked many controversies that had occurred in the United States …show more content…

Harlan did not understand why white people decided to treat colored people as beneath them. The treatment of colored people, in this aspect, clearly had conflicts with the thirteenth amendment, yet the majority was ignoring what the thirteenth amendment had stated. What Harlan said was that the thirteenth amendment was not only to banish the existence of enslavement for everybody, but to give everybody no matter what color the freedom to move about equally. Due to being confined on where they can go and what they can do, affects the thirteenth amendment. Also due to being treated as such, due to the color of their skin, affects the fourteenth amendment by not abiding to their treatment of equality. Harlan ended his statement with comparing it to the ending of the Dred Scott case. He compared it by saying that it would end up terribly for the United States as a whole and cause many conflicts of political unrest for the inequality of

Open Document