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Plessy v Ferguson
Name: Teddy Hwang
Rhetoric: language the has meant to influence people, but it may not be true
The decision in Plessy, under the rhetoric of separate but equal facilities for the black
and white races,
Fallacy: an idea that had turned to false
We consider the underlying fallacy of the plaintiff's argument to consist in the
assumption that the enforced separation of the two races stamps the colored race with
a badge of inferiority.
Proposition: something that is shown to people to consider
We cannot accept this proposition.
Merit: something positive, beneficial
a mutual appreciation of each other's merits, and a voluntary consent of individuals.
Sanctioned: stopping a trade or a deal for a country to follow the international
The Court thus sanctioned the legitimization of racism under state law.
Dissent: disagreeing with public opinion
In his dissent he stated,
Expositor: a person or that explains something complicated
the final expositor of the fundamental law of the land
Pernicious: causing harm that is not noticed.
In my opinion, the judgment this day rendered will, in time, prove to be quite as
pernicious as the decision made by this tribunal in the Dred Scott Case."
(2) When was the Plessy v Ferguson case decided?
(3) What was the lasting legacy of the case?
Allowed separate but equal segregations.
(3) What was the cause/reason for the case?
Homer Plessy, a man of mixed parentage, would board a "whites only" compartment
of a New Orleans train and then be taken to jail for violating the segregation laws.
(3) According to Albion Tourgee, what Constitutional violation had the state of
Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments in limiting "the natural rights of man."
(3) Summarize the majority decision (translate the decision into your own words):
The decision turned intro that you can have segregation but it need to be equal with
each other, meaning that they could have different facilities but same services.
(2) What did Justice Harlan say about the Constitution?
He said that the constitution is color blind.
"Our constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among
citizens. In respect of civil rights, all citizens are equal before the law. The humblest
is the peer of the most powerful. “
(5) In your opinion, was Reconstruction a success or a failure (be specific)?
Reconstruction was a failure in my opinion. It turned out great with 14th, 15th,
reconstruction acts, and everything, but in the end, the compromise of 1877 and this
precedent, kind of messes up the whole reconstruction idea.
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