Plessy v. Ferguson

Plessy v. Ferguson

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by Thomas J. Davis
     
 

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More than the story of one man's case, this book tells the story of entire generations of people marked as "mixed race" in America amid slavery and its aftermath, and being officially denied their multicultural identity and personal rights as a result.

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More than the story of one man's case, this book tells the story of entire generations of people marked as "mixed race" in America amid slavery and its aftermath, and being officially denied their multicultural identity and personal rights as a result.

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"The author includes several examples of primary sources in this work, along with a glossary of terms illuminating content. Biographies and a bibliography of sources support and encourage further research. This book will appeal to high school and college students, but also to readers with a casual interest in the wide-ranging effects of this court case. Highly recommended." - Choice

"This is an excellent introduction not merely to the case itself but to the many issues surrounding it. Designed as a high school teaching tool, with glossary, time line, and biographies of principal players, it is highly recommended not only to its intended readers but any reader wanting a sound introduction to the world that created and responded to Plessy. School libraries and public libraries should add this to their collections." - Library Journal

"These documents . . . bring the era to life. This would be a useful supplementary text for high school libraries or for public libraries that support high school students." - ARBA

"Thomas J. Davis has produced a valuable and elegantly written book. It is thorough and entirely accessible to a broad audience." - Journal of African American History

Library Journal
This book on a landmark court case goes beyond legal discussion and examines the larger questions of race, social status, and class status. Davis (history, Arizona State Univ.), who is also an attorney, has done an excellent job of explaining how the complex history of New Orleans and its attitudes on race influenced the case of Homer Plessy, a Creole of color living in New Orleans who was arrested on a streetcar in 1892 after he refused to move to another seat. His Supreme Court case (1896) supported racial segregation under the concept of “separate but equal,” not successfully challenged until Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. The first chapters of this book tell the story of Plessy’s family and his mixed-race heritage. Succeeding chapters discuss the complicated laws and customs influencing race, particularly Louisiana’s Code Noir, which distinguished between blacks of African descent and others of mixed race and background. Davis also details the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the civil rights efforts of people of color in Louisiana and beyond. The final chapter is about the court case and the civil rights groups that supported Plessy’s legal effort.

Verdict This is an excellent introduction not merely to the case itself but to the many issues surrounding it. Designed as a high school teaching tool, with glossary, time line, and biographies of principal players, it is highly recommended not only to its intended readers but any reader wanting a sound introduction to the world that created and responded to Plessy. School libraries and public libraries should add this to their collections. [The author is a longtime reviewer of books in history and African American studies for LJ.—Ed.]—Becky Kennedy, Atlanta-Fulton P.L.(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313391873
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Series:
Landmarks of the American Mosaic Series
Pages:
238
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas J. Davis, PhD, JD, is professor of history at Arizona State University.

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Plessy V. Ferguson 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He smirked. He got a whip.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*When Fang walked away, I snuck over to the door an tried to open it, having trouble with the lock.*