The Journey to Separate But Equal: Madame Decuir’s Quest for Racial Justice in the Reconstruction Era by Jack Beerman
In this talk about his new book, Jack Beermann will tell the story of how the post-Civil War Supreme Court took its first step toward approving racial segregation and the subjugation of the non-White population of the United States. The book centers around the remarkable story of Madame Josephine Decuir’s 1872 lawsuit after she was illegally barred from the cabin reserved for white women on a steamboat departing from New Orleans, a contest that ended up in the U.S. Supreme Court. The drama of Madame Decuir’s fight against segregation’s denial of her human dignity enriches our understanding of the Reconstruction era, the Jim Crow period and current controversies over the treatment of racial and other minority groups.
In conversation with Scott Kafker, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Autographed and personalized copies of Beermann’s book are available at jackbeermann.com
Event is FREE but you must register in advance.