Steve Luxenberg on Plessy versus Ferguson

Steve Luxenberg is an associate editor at The Washington Post and an award-winning author. During his forty years as a newspaper editor and reporter, Luxenberg has overseen reporting that has earned many national honors, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

Steve Luxenberg discusses his nonfiction book, Separate: The Story of Plessy v. Ferguson, and America’s Journey from Slavery to Segregation, which was published in 2019 to critical acclaim. He discusses the most influential players in arguing and deciding the Supreme Court case: civil rights author Albion W. Tourgée, the Great Dissenter John Marshall Harlan, and Henry Billings Brown, who wrote the Plessy decision.

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