Disenfranchising Virginia Summary

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In the article “The Racist roots of Virginia’s felon disenfranchisement” by the Atlantic newspaper, basically it explains how Virginia, with the help of Jim Crow laws violated the rights for the African American to vote and to have equal liberty. It all came along with the poll taxes, literacy test, grandfather clauses and cross burning were used against the African Americans. “… The Republican Party ‘not only committed a stupendous blunder, but a great crime against civilization and Christianity’ against the south,” which it basically Virginia as one of the slave states, and didn’t follow the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendment that was giving for the African Americans. When the 15th amendment gave the African Americans the right to vote,…show more content…
“…Jim Crow constitution was held before it went into force, the effects were immediate and profound for back voters as well as white ones, despite Glass’s claims,” stated by the article. Therefore, by the end of 1902 registrars and literacy test had limited 21,000, all coming with a conclusion that 147,000 that were register were eliminated, and three years later the new poll tax cut that number in half. Lastly, in 1915 the 15th Amendment struck down the grandfather clause with the help of the Supreme Court of the United States, and soon it also abolished state and local poll taxes in 1966. “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 eliminated literacy test and required Virginia and other states to seek approval from a federal court or the U.S attorney general before implementing changes to its election
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