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1965 Rachael and zach

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What events led up to this? In the first three months of 1965, Local residents and visiting volunteers held a series of marches demanding an equal right to vote. As in Birmingham, they met with violence and imprisonment. In the worst attack yet, on Sunday, March 7, a group of Alabama state troopers, local sheriff's officers, and unofficial possemen used tear gas and clubs against 600 peaceful marchers. When did this event happen? The Voting Rights Acts started in 1961 and was signed on August 6, 1965. Voting Right Acts The Voting Right Acts outlawed discriminatory voting practices that had been responsible for the widespread disenfranchisement of African Americans in the U.S Who was involved? President Lyndon B. Johnson made civil rights one of his administration's top priorities, using his formidable political skills to pass the Twenty-Fourth Amendment, which outlawed poll taxes, in 1964.
President Johnson, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks at the signing of the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965. Why is this event important in the history of voting rights? The Voting Rights Act of 1965 basically said that no person should be denied the right to vote because of color or race. This piece of legislation is known as a landmark civil rights law. This law did many things including the following:
-enforced the 15th Amendment,
-outlawed voting practices that discriminated against people because of race,
-prohibited literacy tests nationwide,
-focused on areas that most discriminated against voters;
-said that if a jurisdiction violates this law, the court can appoint someone to oversee the election process in that jurisdiction. This was cause for great alarm in the south because it was understood that the Federal Government would take over the election process if they found the election process to be unfair. How did the people involved take part in public affairs? There was considerable violence that erupted which brought renewed attention to the issue of voting rights.The Voting Rights Act of 1965 helped African Americans to be treated more equally. The states that were affected by the law now want the law to be removed because they feel the federal government should not be involved with the state laws. This act also allowed congress to over rule slavery and the main example is that we have a black president. Zach Manley and Rachael Manikas
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