Plessy vs Ferguson

By Shreya Patel and Sara Pishdad

In 1892 , an incident occurred which Homer Plessy refused to sit in a Jim Crow Car, breaking a Louisiana law. On June 7 he was jailed and was considered black despite his light complexion and required to sit in the colored car. The law was challenged in supreme court that it interfered with 13th and 14th amendment. With a 7 to 1 vote the court said between the 2 races did not conflict with 13th amendment. Ferguson was a judge of criminal district court for congregation of Orleans. Ferguson argued that the segregation law violated the equal protection of the 14th and 13th amendment. The impact of Plessy vs Ferguson allowed separate but equal ( segregation ) to become the law in the US, Jim Crow laws spread.

Impact: Plessy authorized the move towards segregation practices in the South began earlier. Along with Booker T. Washington's Atlanta Compromise address, given the same year, which accepted black social seperation from white society, Plessy provided an motivation for further segregation laws