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Important Vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Plessy case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • segregation (to segregate)
    Definition: The policy or practice of separating people of different races, classes, or ethnic groups, as in schools, housing, and public or commercial facilities, especially as a form of discrimination
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  • arrested (to arrest)
    Definition: To seize and hold under the authority of law
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  • unconstitutional (constitutional)
    Definition: Not in agreement with the principles set forth in the constitution of a nation or state
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  • guilty
    Definition: Legally found to have committed a crime
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  • petition (to petition)
    Definition: to formally request something, like a right, favor or benefit, from persons in authority or power
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