Plessy v. Ferguson Re-examined

@article{Maidment1973PlessyVF,
  title={Plessy v. Ferguson Re-examined},
  author={Richard A. Maidment},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  year={1973},
  volume={7},
  pages={125 - 132}
}
  • R. Maidment
  • Published 1 August 1973
  • Political Science
  • Journal of American Studies
The United States Supreme Court's decision in Plessy v. Ferguson falls into that category of unfortunate opinions which have few defenders. Its only supporters currently are those who affirm their belief in and advocate the merits of legally-enforced racial segregation as state social policy. This support, however, is bereft of intellectual substance and is correctly ignored or dismissed by most scholars. Reputable students of the court have without exception been unremittingly hostile to the… 
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