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        The Right to Vote | Part 5 | John Lewis: Get in the Way

        Southern states kept African Americans from registering to vote by intimidation and unfair literacy tests. In 1965, a voting rights campaign in Selma captured national attention when Alabama State Troopers attacked John Lewis and 800 peaceful protestors with billy clubs and tear gas. Lewis was beaten close to death. Eight months later, the historic Voting Rights Act was signed into law.

        Visit the John Lewis: Get in the Way program website for more information.

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