Brown Vs. The Board of Education By Alessio D'aleo And dallas zeddis

All though the Declaration of Independence stated that "All men are created equal," due to the institution of slavery, this statement was not to be grounded in the law in the United States until after the Civil War. Found at http://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/history-brown-v-board-education-re-enactment

Despite the Amendments, African Americans were often treated differently than whites in many parts of the country, especially the south. In fact, many state legislatures enacted laws that led to the legally mandated segregation of the races. In other words, the laws of many states decreed that blacks and whites could not use the same public facilities, ride the same buses attend the same schools, etc. These laws were known as the Jim Crow laws.

In 1892, an African-American man named Homer Plessy refused to give up his seat to a white man on a train in New Orleans, as he was required to do by Louisiana state law. For this action he was arrested. Plessy, contending that the Louisiana law separating blacks from whites on trains violated the "equal protection clause" of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, decided to fight his arrest in court.

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