Plessy v. Ferguson


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Statement of the Case

The case begins with a recitation of the facts of the case and its legal posture. On June 7, 1892, Plessy, the defendant also known as the plaintiff in error, paid for a first-class train ticket on the East Louisiana Railway headed from New Orleans to Covington, Louisiana, and sat down in an empty seat in the railroad car reserved for whites. He was “of seven-eighths Caucasian and one-eighth African blood” and had such a light...