Chipping away at the separate but equal doctrine, the Supreme Court ruled that states must provide equal opportunities for legal education within the borders of the state.
The state of Missouri, like other southern states, had no law schools that admitted African Americans
President Andrew Johnson, pictured here, vehemently opposed the Reconstruction Act and regarded Mississippi’s motion against him as a threat to president power.
By a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court held that Missouri’s scholarship policy fell short of the demands of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes,
In Sweatt v. Painter
Race and discrimination
Segregation, de jure
Separate but equal doctrine