The Violation of a Constitutional Right

L. A. Martinet

Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center

The Citizens' Committee was formed in 1891 as a response to the Separate Car Act of 1890 that segregated whites and blacks on public transportation. The Committee entered into history by choosing Homer Plessy to challenge the constitutionality of the Separate Car Act. Aside from their involvement in the Plessy v. Ferguson case, the Citizens' Committee also challenged other instances of inequality that were levied against African Americans. In this publication they protest on behalf of Paul Bonseigneur who bought a house in Mandeville, Louisiana, and was being harassed by white neighbors who wanted him to leave.

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  • Title: The Violation of a Constitutional Right
  • Creator: L. A. Martinet
  • Subject Keywords: Citizens' Committee, Civil rights--Louisiana
  • Type: document
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  • Repository: Amistad Research Center
  • Date: 1893
  • Collection: Charles B. Rousseve papers