Take a look at this sweet question about Equal rights. ...Oh. It's not about the sweetener? Gotcha. Check it out anyway and see if you can find out which amendment was addressed in the Plessy v. Ferguson case.
|AP||AP U.S. History|
|AP U.S. History||Exam|
|Reconstruction||Stripping African Americans of Rights|
The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
|Social and Political Changes||Plessy v. Ferguson and the Struggle for Black Rights|
|Test Prep||AP U.S. History|
|U.S. History||AP U.S. History|
All right, and the question:
Which Constitutional amendment was addressed in
the Plessy v. Ferguson case?
And here are your potential answers.
Supreme court cases like Plessy v. Ferguson showed that
even after a civil war and changes to the Constitution,
African Americans still had a long way to go for some
Well, in Plessy v. Ferguson, were lawyers arguing
over rights outlined in A - the First Amendment?
Well, Homer Plessy claimed that his rights were
violated when a conductor asked him to sit in a segregated
railroad car. But the First Amendment?
Well, that guarantees freedom of religion, speech,
press, assembly, and petition.
And while we're on the Bill of Rights, the Fifth Amendment
guarantees the right to due process of law.
Well, in this case, all of these rights are wrong.
Did Plessy v. Ferguson concern a possible violation of
D - the Fifteenth Amendment?
Well, the Fifteenth Amendment prohibits the federal government
from denying a citizen the right to vote
based on race. So that prohibits D, as well.
Which means that the Plessy v. Ferguson case addressed
C - the Fourteenth Amendment.
Well, the Fourteenth Amendment not only guaranteed citizenship for slaves,
it also afforded them equal protection under the law.
Plessy's lawyers argued that being forced to sit
in a separate railroad car violated Plessy's right to that
The Supreme Court, however, disagreed, claiming that so long
as the cars were separate but equal,
everything was hunky dory. So C is the correct answer.
Sixty years later, Plessy v. Ferguson was overturned
by Brown v. Board of Education, which
schooled the country on just how unequal that
"separate but equal" business really was.
[ children giggling ]