Bob-Lo Excursion Company v. Michigan 333 U.S. 28 (1948)

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BOB-LO EXCURSION COMPANY v. MICHIGAN 333 U.S. 28 (1948)

Although this decision unsettled interpretations of the commerce clause, it nevertheless dealt segregation another blow. A Detroit steamship company violated a state civil rights statute by refusing to transport a black girl to a local, though Canadian, destination. Justice wiley rutledge's majority opinion distinguished morgan v. virginia (1946) and stressed the local nature of transportation in upholding the statute. Justices william o. douglas and hugo l. black thought the law should be sustained because there could be no conflict with a congressional law; Chief Justice fred m. vinson and Justice robert h. jackson dissented, arguing that Morgan and hall v. decuir (1878) governed.

David Gordon
(1986)