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date: 27 October 2021

Plessy v. Fergusonlocked

Landmark case of 1896 in which the United States Supreme Court established the “separate but equal” doctrine that permitted state-imposed racial segregation despite the “equal protection” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Plessy v. Fergusonlocked

Landmark case of 1896 in which the United States Supreme Court established the “separate but equal” doctrine that permitted state-imposed racial segregation despite the “equal protection” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Kate Tuttle

A version of this article originally appeared in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.

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