The Plessy V. Ferguson Trial

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The Plessy v. Ferguson trial was one that changed the course of the country forever. The issue of segregation is the theme of the trial, and the issue had to do with the fact that black people and white people were not permitted to use the same facilities. The main man involved, Homer Plessy, was a man who was seven-eighths white, and one eighth black. Aside from him, many others were woven into the intricate tangle of this trial. Because of Homer Plessy’s trial, the idea of “separate but equal” was enforced. Overall, the trial of Plessy v. Ferguson endured a lot of ups and downs included segregation, the many people involved with the trial, and wild ending results.

Segregation is what ultimately led to the Plessy v. Ferguson trial. “Passed on July 10, 1890, the bill created by Louisiana segregated railroad cars separated whites from blacks” (Fireside, 9). This quote by Fireside is important because this is the foundation of the situation that occurred. If this bill wasn't passed, the trial may have never occurred. “Homer Plessy’s action of
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“Plessy v Ferguson decisions established ‘separate but equal laws’” (Anderson). This evidence is important because the ideas of ‘separate but equal’ will be instilled in American life for a very long time. The idea of separate but equal was designed to create two facilities of equal condition, but this was not the case. “Separate but equal laws came down to schools, restuarants, and even bathrooms to be separated” (Anderson, 23). The fact that multiple facilities were separated even further was important because of the fact that further segregation will lead to more problems in the future. “Although Plessy lost, the lawyers were still pleased with the results” (Anderson, 23). The lawyers to defend Plessy were still please because of all the attention that trial gained and awareness to the issue of