Separate -- Steve Luxenberg

Staff Pick

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upheld a Louisiana law mandating separate railroad cars. This ignominious ruling, effectively affirming the constitutionality of segregation, was one of the court’s worst and for more than half-a-century provided the legal foundation for the system of racial inequality known as Jim Crow. In Separate, Steve Luxenberg, a longtime Washington Post editor, not only engagingly recounts the stories of several key people involved in the case; he also persuasively portrays it as the culmination of a tumultuous six decades that stretched from the early struggles of Frederick Douglass and others to defy railcar segregation in the 1840s through the Civil War and emancipation years to the final repudiation of Reconstruction. 

Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America's Journey from Slavery to Segregation Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393239379
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 12th, 2019

Membership Benefits


 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card