Plessy vs Ferguson - US Government Illustration

Historic Decisions of the
Supreme Court

Plessy vs. Ferguson

U.S. History Common Assessment
Historic Decision of the Supreme Court - Plessy v. Ferguson

  • Have students read and discuss the events leading to the trial of Homer Plessy.

  • Students read facts concerning Plessy v Ferguson.

  • Have students read articles below concerning Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) that was the majority decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, or substitute of an article selection of your own.
    Facts of the Case
    Plessy v. Ferguson

  • Discuss with students the concept of Separate but Equal.

  • Have students write a diary entry on their own paper concerning a day in their life if they lived in a world where Plessy v. Ferguson was not overturned, a place where “Separate but Equal” was still the law. Have students consider school, recreation, work, and travel (car, bus, ferry and plane).