Voting Rights Act Alec Adriatico

Voting Rights Act

The Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote under the 15th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

After the U.S. Civil War (1861-65), the 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, prohibited states from denying a male citizen the right to vote based on “race, color or previous condition of servitude.” Nevertheless, in the ensuing decades, various discriminatory practices were used to prevent African Americans, particularly those in the South, from exercising their right to vote.

During the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, voting rights activists in the South were subjected to various forms of mistreatment and violence.
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African Americans vote in Alabama for the First Time (1966)

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Its Connection to the Civil Rights Movement?

Without the movement, the Voting Rights act couldn't have happened. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is possibly the most successful civil rights act ever passed by Congress. This achievement is one of the trademarks that shows the success of the fallen heroes during the said time that gave everything for freedom and equality.

Sources:

  • "African Americans Vote in Alabama." American History, ABC-CLIO, 2017, americanhistory.abc-clio.com. Accessed Jan. 19 2017.
  • "President Lyndon B. Johnson's Voting Rights Act Speech." Youtube, 6 Aug. 2015,
  • "Voting Rights Act." History.Com, www.history.com/topics/black-history/voting-rights-act
  • Voting Rights Act (1965)." American History, ABC-CLIO, 2017, americanhistory.abc-clio.com. Accessed 19 Jan. 2017.

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