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Document for May 18th:
Plessy v. Ferguson


Plessy vs. Ferguson, Judgement, Decided May 18, 1896

Plessy vs. Ferguson, Judgement, Decided May 18, 1896; Plessy v. Ferguson, 163, #15248; Records of the Supreme Court of the United States;Record Group 267; National Archives.

Issued on May 18, 1896, the ruling in this Supreme Court case upheld a Louisiana state law that allowed for "equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races." It was not until the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas and congressional civil rights acts of the 1950s and 1960s that systematic segregation under state law was ended.
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