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Historic Decisions of the Supreme Court

Plessy v. Ferguson

Use the Web sites below to research and read Justice Harlan's entire dissent in Plessy v. Ferguson. Based on his position, what view might Harlan have taken toward laws that denied African Americans the right to vote? Write a paragraph or two expressing what Harlan would say about those laws.

Plessy v. Ferguson scripts/ vol=163& invol=537
Transcript of the petition and opinion of the Court in PLESSY v. FERGUSON, 163 U.S. 537 (1896).