- The Plessy v. Ferguson decision distinguished between political and social equality. What's the difference between the two? Can one exist without the other? Explain.
- The Supreme Court argued that the Constitution and legislation in general cannot create social equality. Do you agree? Why or why not?
- The Supreme Court's argument that any feelings of inferiority held by African Americans in segregated situations were placed upon themselves came from the Court's belief that separate facilities and accommodations were not discriminatory as long as they were equal.
- How would you respond to this?
- Summarize Justice John M. Harlan's dissenting opinion in only one sentence.
"Plessy v. Ferguson Opinions," The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom, CBS, 4 March 1956. Courtesy of Library of Congress