Six decades before Rosa Parks boarded her fateful bus, another traveler in the Deep South tried to strike a blow against racial discrimination—but ultimately fell short of that goal, leading to the Supreme Court's landmark 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson. Now Williamjames Hull Hoffer vividly details the origins, litigation, opinions, and aftermath of this notorious case.
About the Author
William James Hull Hoffer is an associate professor of history at Seton Hall University; author of The Caning of Charles Sumner: Honor, Idealism, and the Origins of the Civil War and To Enlarge the Machinery of Government: Congressional Debates and the Growth of the American State, 1858 1891; and coauthor of The Supreme Court: An Essential History.
Published by University Press of Kansas, paperback, 2012. 232 pages.