Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 US 537 (1896) Plessy vs. Ferguson (1896): The Supreme Court ruled that it was constitutional for different races to be separated in different areas, as long as the facilities were considered equal.
The Plessy vs. Ferguson case was all about segregation. Without segregation, the plot of To Kill A Mockingbird would be different. Also, Atticus is getting talked about badly in Maycomb for defending Tom Robinson.
The Brown vs. Bd. of Ed. decision reversed the Plessy vs. Ferguson decision. Plessy vs. Ferguson established the 'separate but equal' doctrine, but in Brown vs. Bd. of Ed. the supreme court said that separate facilities are inherently unequal.
Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 US 537 (1896) Plessy v. Ferguson was a US Supreme Court case, not a person. Homer Plessy, the petitioner and John Ferguson, the nominal respondent, were both male, but that fact is completely irrelevant to the case.