Plessy v. Ferguson, 1st Edition

  • Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780813308
  • ISBN-13: 9780780813304
  • DDC: 342.7308
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released September 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Defining Moments: Plessy v. Ferguson provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of this landmark 1896 Supreme Court decision, which paved the way for more than a half-century of legally sanctioned segregation in the United States.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
Research Topics for Defining Moments: Plessy v. Ferguson.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
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.
10: Biographies.
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.