Half Title Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
Research Topics for Defining Moments: Plessy v. Ferguson.
1: Narrative Overview.
3: Reconstruction in the South.
4: The Rise of Jim Crow.
5: Homer Plessy Takes a Stand.
6: Separate but Equal.
7: Living in Terror.
8: The Civil Rights Movement.
9: The Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson.
11: Brown, Henry Billings (1836–1913).
12: Desdunes, Rodolphe (1849–1928).
13: Ferguson, John Howard (1838–1915).
14: Harlan, John Marshall (1833–1911).
15: Marshall, Thurgood (1908–1993).
16: Martinet, Louis (1849–1917).
17: Nicholls, Francis (1834–1912).
18: Plessy, Homer (1862–1925).
19: Tourgée, Albion W. (1838–1905).
20: Primary Sources.
21: Albion Tourgée Describes Reconstruction-Era Violence in the South.
22: Louisiana Passes the Separate Car Law.
23: A Kentucky Newspaper Claims That Segregation Benefits Blacks.
24: A Black-Owned Newspaper Criticizes Segregation.
25: Plessy's Lawyers Present Their Arguments in a Legal Brief.
26: Justice Brown Announces the Majority Opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson.
27: Justice Harlan Delivers a Scathing Dissent.
28: George H. White Makes His “Defense of the Negro Race” Speech.
29: The NAACP Demands Equal Rights for African Americans.
30: An Alabama Man Experiences Daily Humiliations under Segregation.
31: A Georgia Native Remembers Jim Crow Tragedies.
32: A Black Reporter Recalls a Lynching.
33: President Barack Obama Discusses Racial Progress.
34: A Journalist Considers Obama's Impact on Race in America.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.