Legal segregation began in 1896 when the Supreme Court sanctioned legal separation of the black and white races in the ruling H.A. Plessy v. J.H. Ferguson, but the decision was overruled in 1954. The Supreme Court in 189... More »

One prominent example of racial segregation in the United States was the Jim Crow laws, a series of policies in effect from 1876 to 1965. Jim Crow laws segregated people of color from whites in housing, jobs, schools, pu... More »

On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court deemed segregation illegal in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education. The plaintiff in the case was a seven-year-old African-American student from Kansas named Linda Brown. More »

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The Supreme Court ruling in the Brown vs. Board of Education case ended segregation in public schools and ended the 'separate but equal' policies many schools adopted. Today, children of all races are allowed to attend p... More »

Segregationists wanted to impeach Earl Warren because, through his leadership on the U.S. Supreme Court, the segregation of public schools was ruled unconstitutional in a unanimous decision. This prompted legislation tha... More »

With the decision in Plessy v. Ferguson, the U.S. Supreme Court enshrined the doctrine of "separate but equal" into American law, explains the American Association of Community Colleges. This doctrine led to the rise of ... More »

According to History Matters, the Supreme Court's 1886 ruling in the case Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway Company v. Illinois overturned a previous case that allowed states to regulate railroads. It led to the format... More »