Voting Rights Act of 1965

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  • Voting Rights Act of 1965 By: Mary Carmen Castellanos, Morgan Farida, and Angelina Manasan
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was needed to fulfill the 14th and 15th amendments of the United States Constitution. It was approved by President Lyndon Johnson because of racial discrimination taking place and the inability for African-Americans to vote.
  • The Voting Rights Act aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African-Americans from exercising their right to vote. This law was believed to improve the American way of life.
  • The March on Selma Alabama influenced Johnson to call for comprehensive voting rights legislation. These laws mostly affected African-Americans in the South.
  • It included literacy tests as requisite to voting. This act is considered to be one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in all of the U.S. history.
  • As a result there was more accuracy with the votes of a democracy. It lead to more African-Americans to be in office in the South.
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