The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

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The Supreme Court rulings led to a number of acts which helped the civil rights movement attain its goals. The first example is the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On January 23rd, 1964, the 24th amendment stopped the poll tax, which initially had been introduced in eleven southern states after reconstruction to make it difficult for poor blacks to vote. On August 10th, 1965, Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, making it easier for Southern blacks to register to vote. Anything that could limit the number of people able to vote, for example - some states had used a literacy test, limited access to education, added poll taxes, and other such requirements that were used to restrict black voting – were all made illegal. The Act proclaimed that ‘No person, whether acting under colour of law or otherwise, shall intimidate, threaten, or coerce, or attempt to intimidate, threaten, or coerce any person for voting or attempting to vote.’ Although the Supreme Court was not directly involved, it can be suggested that it aided the rights movement by its early recognition for equality, leading to other intuitions to follow which eventually led to blacks having a say in how the country is ran. The second example of this was the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968. On July 2nd, President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which specified that ‘all persons shall be entitled to be free, at any establishment or place, from discrimination or segregation of any kind on the ground of

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