Monday, December 1, 2014

Ballot Battles Assignment

Ballot Battles Part I: The Voting Rights act of 1965

In the Jim Crow era south, list three tactics that were used to disenfranchise African Americans.

Which Southern city was especially bad with regard to the number of African Americans registered to vote?

What percentage of voting age African-Americans were registered to vote?

What percentage of whites were registered to vote?

This disparity inspired a voting rights campaign led by ____________________ and other civil rights leaders.

The first march was known as ___________ Sunday, where police and state troopers violently attacked nonviolent demonstrators.

How did John Lewis describe that day?

The incident received national attention and motivated president Johnson to send a Voting Rights Act to Congress. By _________ he had signed the historic piece of legislation into law.

Within 19 days of the Voting Rights Act becoming law, how many African Americans in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi had registered to vote?

In the first two years, in Mississippi alone, the number of African Americans registered to vote jumped from ____% to ____%.

Did the Voting Rights Act prohibit literacy tests?

Section _____ of the Voting Rights Act was a key part of the law.

What criteria was used to determine if a jurisdiction was discriminatory in its voting practices?

By the 1970s, _____ states were targeted for oversight by the U.S. Justice Department.

If a state had a history of voter discrimination it was labeled "covered for _____________."

In order for those jurisdictions to change their election laws, they had to get approval from:

In order to qualify for a release from pre-clearance, counties had to be free of voter discrimination for at least _______ years.

Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in _______,  ________,  _______, and _________.


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