Plessy v. Ferguson and Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of EducationPlessy v. Ferguson

In 1890 laws were passed that required that trains would provide “equal but separate accommodations.”- pg693 of The Americans. The Plessy vs. Ferguson case ruled that the did not violate the 14th Amendment. Since it wasn’t considered a violation they created Jim Crow laws; they were laws that separated the blacks from the whites.

I think the laws were very inhumane. The African Americans were treated like unwanted animals. They were forced to go to separate schools, sit at the back of the bus, and they had to show respect to whites even though they ddint get respect from them.

“The facilities provided for blacks were always far inferior to those provided for whites.”-pg697 of The Americans.

The Brown v. Board of Education case was one of the most incredible and shocking victories for African Americans. Brown fought for desegregation because his daughter had been denied admission to an all white school. The Court decided that it was considered unsconstitutional and black children could now go to any school they pleased.

“To separate [African American children] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their satuts in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone… We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” – Chief Justice Earl Warren, Brown v. Board of Education.

I feel that changing the law to desegregate schools was fantastic, but what frustrates me is that they only desegregated the schools at this time, and nothing else.


Work Cited:
Danzer, Gerald A. The Americans: Reconstruction through the 20th Century. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 1999. Print.

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