By James Horn

ISBN-10: 0465024904

ISBN-13: 9780465024902

In 1587, John White led 117 English males, ladies, and kids to Roanoke Island, off the coast of North Carolina. They was hoping to set up a British foothold in North the US, yet quickly came across themselves suffering to outlive. White again to England for support, but if he again to Roanoke in 1590, the colonists have been nowhere to be came upon: White by no means observed his pals or family members back. yet as James Horn unearths in A country Strange, a few from the occasion survived; their descendants have been stumbled on a century later, a residing testomony to America’s notable origins.

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Blacks were almost universally excluded from, or segregated in, public schools when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted, but railway travel was often integrated. Northern states had largely eliminated segregated transportation, and many southern cities had desegregated streetcars. 32 Moreover, in the mid-1860s, Congress showed some support for integrated railroad transportation. The same Congress that wrote the Fourteenth Amendment segregated schools in the District of Columbia, but it also drafted local railroad charters that could be construed as forbidding segregation.

Edward D. White had been a Confederate soldier. He helped redeem Louisiana from Republican rule during Reconstruction, and it is possible that he had belonged to Klan-like organizations. Chief Justice Melville W. Fuller had been a prominent Democratic legislator from Illinois during the war. He had led legislative opposition to Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, had supported state constitutional provisions that rejected black suffrage and barred black migration, and had helped segregate Chicago schools.

As a postwar politician, he opposed the Thirteenth Amendment and the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875. 24 CASES SEGREGATION Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) involved the constitutionality of a Louisiana statute requiring railroads to provide separate and equal accommodations for black and white passengers. Railroad segregation had first become an issue around 1840 in Massachusetts, when some carriers imposed it by regulation or custom. Abolitionists narrowly failed to convince the state legislature to forbid it, but they did persuade railroad companies to do so.

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