The NCRA and Plessy v Ferguson: Diminishing Hopes

The NCRA And Plessy V Ferguson: Diminishing Hopes

    The ‘invisible empire’ has, in these latter days, become visible; visible in the new constitutions and in legislative enactments in the Southern States; visible in the declarations of leaders…made from the rostrum and asserted even in the halls of the National capitol; visible in the evident purpose to nullify the colored vote of the South… (A.E.P. Albert to Tourgee, 1891)

Everyday citizens as well as state and local leaders began to acknowledge the laws and legislation being enacted seemed more likely to preserve old attitudes and prejudices, rather than establish equal treatment, leading in many instances, to sentiments favoring a deeper division between the races.


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Albion-Tourgee-Exhibit-NCRA.jpg Mobilizing Support Through the NCRA and The Basis

Albion Tourgee initiated the first version of a “million man march” when he began the NCRA in the late nineteenth century. Unlike other activist organizations before and after his, Tourgee was mainly interested in providing the American government and people with quantitative evidence that there was indeed an opportunity to move the country towards equality among the races.

Albion-Tourgee-Exhibit-separate_car.jpg Fighting the Separate Car Laws

Whether referred to as “segregation” or “accommodation”, the notion of race as a distinguishing feature among American citizens created a self-fulfilling prophecy of assigning different values to different people across the country; resulting in different treatment based primarily on those values.

Albion-Tourgee-Exhibit-bitter_truth.jpg Plessy vs Ferguson: A Bitter Truth

Exploring the bitter truth of the Plessy vs Ferguson decision

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