Bending Toward Justice

Bending Toward Justice

The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy

eBook - 2013
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When the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 granted African Americans the right to vote, it seemed as if a new era of political equality was at hand. Before long, however, white segregationists across the South counterattacked, driving their black countrymen from the polls through a combination of sheer terror and insidious devices such as complex literacy tests and expensive poll taxes. Most African Americans would remain voiceless for nearly a century more, citizens in name only until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act secured their access to the ballot. In Bending Toward Just.
Publisher: Washington : Basic Books, 2013
ISBN: 9780465050734
0465050735
Branch Call Number: EBOOK 342 M4515 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource (337 pages)

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This chronicle highlights the lesser-known civil rights activists who advocated for the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act, as well as the Voting Rights Act reauthorizations in 1970, 1975, 1982 and 2006.


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