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Voting Rights Act (1965) and Resource Materials

This act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting. This resource group includes 2 primary source images, a background essay and a transcript.

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Voting Rights Act (1965): Background Essay


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Voting Rights Act (1965): Transcript


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Voting Rights Act (1965): Image 1

This is an image of the Voting Rights Act. This act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.

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Voting Rights Act (1965): Image 2

This is an additional image of the Voting Rights Act. This act was signed into law on August 6, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. It outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War, including literacy tests as a prerequisite to voting.

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