Today In History- May 18

Today In History- May 18


The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional.

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Plessy vs. Ferguson decides ruling of "separate but equal."

  • Washington D.C., USA

In one of the most notorious supreme court decisions in civil rights history, on May 18, 1896, the Supreme Court ruled in the Plessy vs. Ferguson case that "separate but equal" facilities in the U.S. were constitutional.  Despite tremendous successes with the passage of the 13th and 14th amendments just years previously, civil rights for African-Americans were weakened by the existence of Jim Crow laws in the south, and poll taxes for voters.  The "separate but equal" stipulation was never fully observed, and segregation remained commonplace in the up until the mid-20th century.

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