Defining Moments in American History: Plessy v. Ferguson

Editor/Author Hillstrom, Laurie Collier
Publication Year: 2014
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

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ISBN: 978-0-7808-1329-8
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 45
Book Status: Available
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Provides a detailed account of the legal drama that established the "separate but equal" doctrine. Details the postwar Reconstruction era; the legal issues involved in Plessy v. Ferguson; the spread of discriminatory Jim Crow laws; the effects of segregation on African Americans; and the efforts to overturn Plessy.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • Research Topics for Defining Moments: Plessy v. Ferguson
  • NARRATIVE OVERVIEW
  • Prologue
  • Chapter One: Reconstruction in the South
  • Chapter Two: The Rise of Jim Crow
  • Chapter Three: Homer Plessy Takes a Stand
  • Chapter Four: Separate but Equal
  • Chapter Five: Living in Terror
  • Chapter Six: The Civil Rights Movement
  • Chapter Seven: The Legacy of Plessy v. Ferguson
  • BIOGRAPHIES
  • Henry Billings Brown (1836-1913) Supreme Court Justice Who Wrote the Majority Opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Rodolphe Desdunes (1849-1928) Creole Civil Rights Activist Who Challenged Louisiana's Separate Car Law
  • John Howard Ferguson (1838-1915) Louisiana Judge Who Became the Defendant in Plessy v. Ferguson
  • John Marshall Harlan (1833-1911) Supreme Court Justice Who Wrote the Famous Plessy v. Ferguson Dissent
  • Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993) Attorney Who Helped Overturn Plessy v. Ferguson and First African-American Supreme Court Justice
  • Louis Martinet (1849-1917) Black Newspaper Publisher and Civil Rights Advocate
  • Francis Nicholls (1834-1912) Governor and State Supreme Court Justice of Louisiana
  • Homer Plessy (1862-1925) New Orleans Resident Who Volunteered to Challenge Segregation in Louisiana
  • Albion W. Tourgée (1838-1905) Republican Writer, Civil Rights Activist, and Lawyer Who Argued Plessy v. Ferguson
  • PRIMARY SOURCES
  • Albion Tourgée Describes Reconstruction-Era Violence in the South
  • Louisiana Passes the Separate Car Law
  • A Kentucky Newspaper Claims That Segregation Benefits Blacks
  • A Black-Owned Newspaper Criticizes Segregation
  • Plessy's Lawyers Present Their Arguments in a Legal Brief
  • Justice Brown Announces the Majority Opinion in Plessy v. Ferguson
  • Justice Harlan Delivers a Scathing Dissent
  • George H. White Makes His “Defense of the Negro Race” Speech
  • The NAACP Demands Equal Rights for African Americans
  • An Alabama Man Experiences Daily Humiliations under Segregation
  • A Georgia Native Remembers Jim Crow Tragedies
  • A Black Reporter Recalls a Lynching
  • President Barack Obama Discusses Racial Progress
  • A Journalist Considers Obama's Impact on Race in America
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Illustration Credits