Steve Luxenberg of the Washington Post presents "Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson & America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation," a myth-shattering narrative of how a nation embraced “separation”and its pernicious consequences. Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court case synonymous with “separate but equal,” created remarkably little stir when the justices announced their near-unanimous decision on May 18, 1896. Yet it is one of the most compelling and dramatic stories of the nineteenth century, whose outcome embraced and protected segregation, and whose reverberations are still felt into the twenty-first.
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