Berea College v. Kentucky

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BEREA COLLEGE V. KENTUCKY, 211 U.S. 45 (1908). Kentucky law forbade the teaching of black and white students in the same classroom, and the state supreme court upheld the statute. The U.S. Supreme Court dodged the issue of interracial education and upheld the Kentucky law on the narrow grounds involving the right of the state to change or amend the charter of a corporation. The decision reinforced and expanded the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ("separate but equal") doctrine.


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Hardin, John A. "Hope versus Reality: Black Higher Education in Kentucky, 1904–1954." Ph.D. diss., University of Michigan, 1989.

Henry N.Drewry/a. r.

See alsoJim Crow Laws ; Segregation .

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