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On This Date in Legal History

In 1957 the Alabama legislature passed a law changing the boundaries of the City of Tuskegee to guarantee the election of white candidates. Only four or five African American voters were left within the City limits, yet not a single … Continue reading

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Carrie Chapman Catt

On this date in 1859 suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt was born. Learn how she helped to secure passage of the 19th Amendment at http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/wom/2007/catt.htm.

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The Civil Rights Act of 1957

On September 9, President Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The Act established a Commission to investigate whether persons were being denied their voting or equal protection rights under the law because of their race, color, … Continue reading

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“The Fight to Vote” by Michael Waldman

The Fight to Vote by Michael Waldman traces the fascinating history of voting rights in the United States. Waldman describes in his book the turbulent history that has led to five constitutional amendments. Initially, only white men with property could … Continue reading

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Today is the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act

On August 6, 1965, fifty years ago today, President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.  Read this civil rights legislation and learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1EbvO75 and http://1.usa.gov/Nxo1MH.  Listen to NPR’s program at http://bit.ly/1EbC6na.  It’s quite informative.

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