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Plessy vs. Ferguson : A Brief History with Documents

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1st
ISBN13:

9780312137434

ISBN10:
0312137435
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
7/15/1996
Publisher(s):
Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

This text offers a concise analysis of the Plessy case, allowing readers to understand the Court's reasoning, the social and political realities that made such a decision possible, and the immediate effects on public life. Thomas's comprehensive introduction explains the complicated legal issues involved in both the majority decision and the lone dissent by Justice John Marshall Harlan. a rich collection of primary documents-including court decisions, Booker T. Washington's 1895 'Atlanta Exposition Address, ' an essay by W.E.B. Du Bois, and a previously unpublished speech by Charles W. Chesnutt-enables readers to recreate for themselves the context of the debates and to conditions in which the decision was made.

Author Biography

Brook Thomas is chair of the English and Comparative Literature Department at the University of California, Irvine. After a book on James Joyce's Ulysses (1982), he turned his attention to the intersections of law, literature, and cultural history in the United States. He is author of Cross-Examinations of Law and Literature: Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, and Melville (1987): The New Historicism and Other Old-Fashioned Topics (1991); and American Literary Realism and the Failed Promise of Contract (1997). He has lectured on Plessy v. Ferguson to more than five thousand undergraduates over the course of several years.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
PART ONE Introduction: The Legal Background 1(38)
The Civil War Amendments
11(7)
The Slaughter-House Cases and Their Implications
18(5)
The Civil Rights Cases and Their Consequences
23(6)
Plessy's Argument before the Court
29(2)
The Majority Decision
31(3)
Harlan's Dissent
34(5)
PART TWO The Documents 39(130)
Plessy v. Ferguson, May 18, 1896
41(20)
Selected Views on the ``Race Question'' at the Time of Plessy
61(66)
The Race Question in the United States, September 1890
62(14)
John Tyler Morgan
Race Amalgamation, August 1896
76(25)
Frederick L. Hoffman
Capacity of the Negro---His Position in the North. The Color Line in New England, 1890
101(18)
Henry M. Field
Atlanta Exposition Address, September 18, 1895
119(6)
Booker T. Washington
Central Law Review, January 17, 1896
125(2)
Responses to Plessy
127(42)
The Press
127(9)
Times-Picayune (New Orleans), Equality, but Not Socialism, May 19, 1896
128(1)
Tribune (New York), The Unfortunate Law of the Land May 19, 1896
128(1)
Union Advertiser (Rochester, New York), State Sovereignty, May 19, 1896
129(1)
Democrat and Chronicle (Rochester, New York), A Strange Decision, May 20, 1896
129(2)
Republican (Springfield, Massachusetts), May 20, 1896
131(1)
Evening Journal (New York), May 20, 1896
131(1)
Journal (Providence, Rhode Island), May 20, 1896
132(1)
Dispatch (Richmond, Virginia), Separate Coaches, May 21, 1896
133(1)
Weekly Blade (Parsons, Kansas), May 30, 1896
133(1)
A.M.E. Church Review (Philadelphia), June 1896
134(1)
Booker T. Washington, Who Is Permanently Hurt? June 1896
135(1)
Legal Periodicals
136(3)
Central Law Journal, August 14, 1896
136(1)
Michigan Law Journal, 1896
137(1)
American Law Review, 1896
138(1)
Virginia Law Register, 1896
139(1)
African American Intellectuals
139(21)
Strivings of the Negro People, 1897
140(9)
W.E.B. Du Bois
The Courts and the Negro, ca. 1911
149(11)
Charles W. Chesnutt
Sixteen Years after the Decision
160(9)
From The Fourteenth Amendment and the States, 1912
161(3)
Charles Wallace Collins
Dissenting Opinions of Mr. Justice Harlan, 1912
164(5)
Henry Billings Brown
PART THREE Conclusion: In the Wake of Plessy 169(27)
APPENDICES
Members of the Court
179(7)
Chronology of Events Related to Plessy (1849-1925)
186(4)
Questions for Consideration
190(3)
Selected Bibliography
193(3)
Index 196


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