The Louisiana Literacy Test
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This paper discusses the Louisiana literacy test, which was implemented in the late 1800s in Louisiana. The paper explains that the federal government had given blacks the right to vote, but the state implemented an ingenious, yet sinister, literacy test to bar them from ever entering the polls. The paper claims that literacy tests had been used in several states as a means of disenfranchising a specific class of citizens. The Louisiana literacy test was specifically designed to keep blacks from voting and had little to nothing to do with actual literacy. The paper describes and examines the questions on the Louisiana literacy test, contending that they were worded in such a misleading and often ambiguous fashion that it was nearly impossible to answer them all correctly.
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