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We As Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson
     

We As Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson

by Keith Medley
 

Essential reading on segregation now in paperback! "Medley deftly puts in colorful context the U.S. Supreme Court's signal 1896 decision sanctioning so-called separate but equal facilities. . . . Rich in family and community history and local lore, Medley's work details the world of New Orleans' free people of color . . . this remarkable read is

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Essential reading on segregation now in paperback! "Medley deftly puts in colorful context the U.S. Supreme Court's signal 1896 decision sanctioning so-called separate but equal facilities. . . . Rich in family and community history and local lore, Medley's work details the world of New Orleans' free people of color . . . this remarkable read is recommended."
-Library Journal

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Library Journal
Expanding his 1994 Smithsonian magazine article, Medley deftly puts in colorful context the U.S. Supreme Court's signal 1896 decision sanctioning so-called separate but equal facilities in public accommodations in what has been called apartheid American-style. His ten chapters transform the six-year Plessy v. Ferguson case from a century-old legal landmark into a resonant illustration of the remorseless racism that eroded the civil rights promises made by the United States during Reconstruction. Rich in family and community history and local lore, Medley's work details the world of New Orleans's free people of color, who produced and scripted the events, recruited the cast of players, and staged the dramatic challenge to segregation. An excellent complement to the scholarly works of Charles A. Lofgren, Otto H. Olsen, and Brook Thomas, this remarkable read is recommended for public and academic library collections on U.S., African American, and local history.-Thomas J. Davis, Arizona State Univ., Tempe Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455617234
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/21/2012
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Born in New Orleans, Keith Weldon Medley grew up in the Faubourg Marigny not far from where Homer Plessy lived. He attended St. Augustine High School and graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a BA in sociology and psychology. A two-time recipient of publication initiative grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Medley has published articles in American Legacy, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and other periodicals. We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson is expanded from an article he wrote for Smithsonian. Medley is the author of Black Life in Old New Orleans, also published by Pelican.

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