Plessy v. Ferguson

(1896)

Glossary

  • averring asserting
  • chattel property
  • coolie manual laborer, usually of Chinese descent, who was brought to United States to help build railroads (now considered a racial slur)
  • damages monies paid for harm caused
  • defendant in error the party that is defending the lower court's ruling
  • demurrer contention by the defendant that although the facts put forward by the plaintiff may be true, they do not entitle the plaintiff to prevail in the lawsuit.
  • due process the appropriate procedures that are necessary to affect a person's right to life, liberty, or property
  • eminent domain the right of a jurisdiction to take property for a public purpose if adequate compensation is paid
  • equal protection of the laws the requirement that all persons be provided the same rights under the law and be granted equal treatment by the laws
  • immunity exemption
  • information a substitute for a grand jury indictment issued directly by a prosecutor
  • intermarriage interracial marriage
  • liability responsibility for...
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