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The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Approach [Book Review]

Kousser, J. Morgan (1987) The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Approach [Book Review]. Georgia Historical Quarterly, 71 (4). pp. 742-744. ISSN 0016-8297.

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Meticulous and painstakingly detailed, this lawyerly history supersedes all previous accounts of the landmark 1896 U. S. Supreme Court decision. Only tangentially concerned with such broader issues as the course of American race relations or the reasons that southern state legislatures mandated segregation when and where they did, Lofgren devotes four of his nine chapters to the background and arguments in Plessy and two more to earlier civil rights and transportation cases. This is a largely "internalist" legal history dedicated to getting the judicially relevant facts and doctrines correctly and neatly sorted out.

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Additional Information:© 1987 Georgia Historical Society. Book review of: The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Approach. By Charles A. Lofgren. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780195038521
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Official Citation:The Plessy Case: A Legal-Historical Approach by Charles A. Lofgren J. Morgan Kousser The Georgia Historical Quarterly Vol. 71, No. 4 (Winter, 1987), pp. 742-744 Published by: Georgia Historical Society Article Stable URL:
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