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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Right To Vote

February 3, 1870 the 15th Amendment was passed allowing blacks the right to vote.

For 90 years thereafter, states did all sorts of things to abridge the right to vote for African-Americans. The main means were seemingly "objective" criteria like "literacy laws," which required that a person be able to read before they could register to vote. Since most African-Americans at the time were illiterate, that effectively prevented their voting. There were many cases before the Supreme Court, mostly in southern states, in which means of blocking the vote were removed.

1 comment:

JStar said...

Thanks for pointing out the facts! Very important for today's youth to know what REALLY happened...