Court Case Study 2

Dred Scott v. Sandford
the Supreme Court ruled that Americans of African descent, whether free or slave, were not American citizens and could not sue in federal court, Court also ruled that Congress lacked power to ban slavery in the U.S. territories
Plessy v. Ferguson
“separate but equal”, African American sat on white section of train and wouldn’t give up his seat
Brown v. Board of Education
separate public school between blacks and whites are unconstitutional, overrule “separate but equal” principle
Swann v. Char.-Meck. Board of Education
order busing to desegregate schools and to promote integration
Heart of Atlanta Motel v. United States
U.S. Congress could use the power granted to it by the Constitution’s Commerce Clause to force private businesses to abide by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, force them owner to allow all races due to the Civil Rights Act

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