Was Homer Plessy white or black?
Homer Plessy was multi-ethnic and multi-cultural (Franco-American), because both of his parents had a mixture of African-American and Caucasian genes. In the 19th century, most people and all government bodies adhered to the "one-drop rule," which labeled anyone with at least one African-American ancestor black. Louisiana, where Plessy was born and lived his entire life, informally acknowledged degrees of ethnicity because there were many freemen in the State, and the practice of intermarriage was common. By Louisiana standards, Plessy was considered an "octoroon," or someone...
Why did Homer Plessy challenge a Louisiana law in 1892?
In 1892 Homer Plessy rode in a whites only railroad car. He was brought before the courts and argued that the lawwas unconstitutional. In 1896 the supreme court expressed a new legal document endorsing "seperate, but equal." ...
Asked in Plessy v. Ferguson
Was Plessy v Ferguson a boy or a girl?
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. ...
Was Homer Plessy considered a citizen of the US?
Yes. Homer Plessy was born March 17, 1863. The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, conferred citizenship on all natural born people, with the specific intent of making African-Americans legal citizens of the United States and the individual states. Plessy grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, a freeman by birth, in a city where intermarriage was accepted, the schools were integrated, and many African-Americans were well-educated professionals, vastly different from conditions in most parts of the South during that era. ...