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Louisiana seceded from the Union, the sixth state to do so.
In Plessy v. Ferguson, the Supreme Court ruled a Louisiana law segregating train cars was constitutional based on the doctrine of “separate but equal.”
La Salle explored the Mississippi River, reaching the Gulf of Mexico in April 1682. He claimed the entire Mississippi Valley for France and named it “Louisiana” after King Louis XIV.
In the case of Taylor v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court ruled that women could not be systematically excluded from jury duty.
In Kirchberg v. Feenstra, the Supreme Court overturned a Louisiana law granting a husband unilateral control over property owned jointly with his wife.
In April 1828, Lincoln took a flatboat of farm produce to New Orleans, Louisiana, where he was reported to have observed a slave auction.
The Freedom Riders were young black and white activists who in 1961 compelled the federal government to enforce a Supreme Court ruling against segregation in interstate travel and interstate travel facilities. On May 4, 1961, the first Freedom Riders set out in two buses from Washington, DC, toward New Orleans. The riders were attacked and beaten by white mobs throughout the South, and they were jailed multiple times. The violence prompted US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy to call in US marshals, and in late May Kennedy finally ordered...
Rene Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643–1687) claimed the Mississippi Valley for France in 1682, having led an expedition down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. La Salle was murdered five years later, during another expedition, in a mutiny by his own men.