Separate but Not Equal: The Supreme Court's First Decision on Racial Discrimination in Schools

  title={Separate but Not Equal: The Supreme Court's First Decision on Racial Discrimination in Schools},
  author={J. Morgan Kousser},
  journal={Journal of Southern History},
  • J. M. Kousser
  • Published 1 February 1980
  • Law
  • Journal of Southern History
In 1899, three years after the “separate but equal” decision of Plessy v. Ferguson, the U. S. Supreme Court for the first time confronted the problem of racial discrimination in education. Writing for a unanimous court, Justice John Marshall Harlan, whose recently refurbished reputation rests chiefly on his liberal opinions in Negro rights cases, decided in effect that the judiciary would do no more to guarantee equality in public services than it had to stop legalized segregation… 
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