Plessy v. Ferguson

(1896)

Context

Although the Civil War ended just over thirty years before Plessy v. Ferguson was decided, the case was yet a result of the lingering conflict that existed after the war. During the decade following the Civil War, known as the Reconstruction era, America was a place of great change with respect to race relations. During the five years following the end of the war, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments (collectively known as the Civil War Amendments or Reconstruction Amendments) were passed. The Thirteenth Amendment outlawed slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment...

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