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The Constitution / Role of the Supreme Court

Uploaded on Apr 29, 2013

In the 1896 Supreme Court case Plessy v. Ferguson, it was ruled that laws requiring blacks to use separate washrooms, schools, and railroad cars did not violate the 14th Amendment. The Supreme Court allowed the philosophy that "separate but equal" was Constitutional. In 1938 courts began to narrow this concept until the 1954 unanimous decision by the Court that Americans had the right to go to school with all other Americans of their age.