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Separate : the story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's journey from… (edizione 2019)

di Steve Luxenberg

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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.Separate spans a striking range of characters and landscapes, bound together by the defining issue of their time and ours--race and equality. Wending its way through a half-century of American history, the narrative begins at the dawn of the railroad age, in the North, home to the nation's first separate railroad car, then moves briskly through slavery and the Civil War to Reconstruction and its aftermath, as separation took root in nearly every aspect of American life.Award-winning author Steve Luxenberg draws from letters, diaries, and archival collections to tell the story of Plessy v. Ferguson through the eyes of the people caught up in the case. Separate depicts indelible figures such as the resisters from the mixed-race community of French New Orleans, led by Louis Martinet, a lawyer and crusading newspaper editor; Homer Plessy's lawyer, Albion Tourgée, a best-selling author and the country's best-known white advocate for civil rights; Justice Henry Billings Brown, from antislavery New England, whose majority ruling endorsed separation; and Justice John Harlan, the Southerner from a slaveholding family whose singular dissent cemented his reputation as a steadfast voice for justice.Sweeping, swiftly paced, and richly detailed, Separate provides a fresh and urgently-needed exploration of our nation's most devastating divide.… (altro)
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Titolo:Separate : the story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's journey from slavery to segregation
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Info:New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]
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  MarianneAudio | Aug 15, 2020 |
Interesting story but very long and boring at times. I couldn't finish it...kept putting me to sleep while driving. ( )
  jusbeachin | Dec 12, 2019 |
In the annals of American Law, few pieces of litigation were as sweeping as Plessy V Ferguson. This book covers the buildup to this infamous decision, starting in the years of the Civil War and continuing on through several years after it. If you are not an American or do not know anything about American Law, then Plessy V Ferguson was the law that mandated Separate but Equal facilities for Blacks and Whites. Before this law was overturned, you had separate bathrooms, separate schools, and separate restaurants. Theoretically, they were equal, but in practice, the Black Facilities were far inferior.

I suppose I never really thought about how the decision on this case came to pass. It is easy to simplify the situation into a Black and White dichotomy, where one side is bad and the other is good. Human beings rarely fall smoothly into one category or the other, however.

The book is well-researched and well-done. It contains original photos from the period and personal correspondence from the major players. Plessy V Ferguson was eventually overturned by Brown V The Board of Education in 1954, but I would say that things are still not equal for everyone. This goes without saying though. Bias and racism are still rampant in our American Society. Although you have the rare person that overcomes their history and the limitations imposed on them by society, the greater number of people do not. They are categorized and stigmatized.

Anyway, the book was pretty good, but I found it difficult to get into. This is mainly because it upset me a great deal. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Sep 19, 2019 |
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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.Separate spans a striking range of characters and landscapes, bound together by the defining issue of their time and ours--race and equality. Wending its way through a half-century of American history, the narrative begins at the dawn of the railroad age, in the North, home to the nation's first separate railroad car, then moves briskly through slavery and the Civil War to Reconstruction and its aftermath, as separation took root in nearly every aspect of American life.Award-winning author Steve Luxenberg draws from letters, diaries, and archival collections to tell the story of Plessy v. Ferguson through the eyes of the people caught up in the case. Separate depicts indelible figures such as the resisters from the mixed-race community of French New Orleans, led by Louis Martinet, a lawyer and crusading newspaper editor; Homer Plessy's lawyer, Albion Tourgée, a best-selling author and the country's best-known white advocate for civil rights; Justice Henry Billings Brown, from antislavery New England, whose majority ruling endorsed separation; and Justice John Harlan, the Southerner from a slaveholding family whose singular dissent cemented his reputation as a steadfast voice for justice.Sweeping, swiftly paced, and richly detailed, Separate provides a fresh and urgently-needed exploration of our nation's most devastating divide.

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