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My topic was Jim Crow Laws. I have to write a 5 page research paper. ANY criticism would help. This my first one so its pobably very bad. Could you reveiew my first paragraph and my thesis statement:
In 1890, a new Louisiana law required railroads to provide “equal but separate accommodations for the white, and colored, races.” In 1892, Homer Adolph Plessy, seven-eights Caucasian and one-eight African- American, boarded a Louisiana Railroad and seated himself in the white coach. Under Louisiana state law he was classified as being African-American and was required to sit in the “colored” car. He was arrested for refusing to move to the colored car, even though people of his complexion were rarely ever bothered in these situations as it usually only caused the railroad company trouble. Judge John H. Ferguson upheld the law, and the case of Plessy v. Ferguson moved its way into to the Supreme Court. On May 18, 1896, the U.S. Supreme Court, with only one disagreeing vote, ruled that “separate but equal” segregation in American facilities was constitutional. The Court’s decision sparked further segregation in the South. States not only separated races, but they ensured different qualities in separated facilities. The ruling of “separate but equal” was one of the Supreme Court’s worst decisions because it was economically unsound, morally unjust, and it stills scars the American society of today.
Very good. Now, write the rest of your paper on why it was economically unsound, morally unjust, and why it still scars American society today. Be sure to support your thesis with research to back up your claims. I would devote one section to how it was economically unsound, one on why it was morally unujust, and one on why it still scars American society. With your introduction and the three paragraphs in the body of your paper, then the conclusion; you will have a five paragraph paper that should cover five pages.