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In 1896 the Supreme Court had held in Plessy v Ferguson that segregation was allowed as long as equal facilities were provided for both races Although that decision was made for passenger on railroads the principle of separate but equal was applied thereafter to all aspects of public life Why after fifty years did the Supreme Court finally decided to overturn the Plessy v Ferguson decision for the Brown v Board case There are many factors that changed the mind of the Supreme Court at this time The main reason why the Supreme Court overturned the Plessy case came from Chief of Justice Earl Warren He found that it wrong for children of the same age to be separated from each other while growing up in this world Many fought for the Brown decision to be passed for example teachers and industrial workers and many more Many African Americans from 1896 to 1954 were fighting for their rights and many cases went to the Supreme Court which was denied The Plessy v Ferguson case took place in 1896 when a man named Plessy sat in the White section of a car in the train He was arrest and was put on trail Plessy went to court and argued that the separate cars violated the Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution The judge at this time was John Howard Ferguson He had previously declared the separate cars were unconstitutional on trains that traveled through several states However in regards to the Plessy trial he stated that Louisiana could regulate railroad companies that only operated within its state Ferguson found Plessy guilty of refusing to leave the white mans car Plessy decided to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Louisiana The Supreme Court of Louisiana still found Plessy quilt Plessy didnt want to give up and he wanted to fight for his rights He then decided to take his case to the United States Supreme
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