Behind the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Term Paper by Nicky

An overview of the introduction of equal voting rights for African-Americans.
# 147727 | 2,443 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 20, 2011 in African-American Studies (Civil Rights)

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This paper looks at the history of voting discrimination and provides historical information about the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) which became one of the nation's first civil rights organizations aimed at promoting equal rights for African-Americans. It charts the introductions of the amendments that created equal voting rights and explains the voting trends of black and white Americans up to today.

Description and Evolution
Fifteenth and Nineteenth Amendments
Voting Rights and African Americans
The Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights Movement and Politics
African American Politics
American Society Turnout
Black Turnout vs. White Turnout
Voting Rights Now

From the Paper:

"While the federal civil rights statutes and the Civil Rights Division were instrumental in helping end legalized segregation and helping forward equality in America, it would be unwise for one to assume that the Civil Rights Movement was a political movement. On the contrary, the Civil Right Movement of the 1960s was a social movement, and it was social pressure, not political pressure that helped change the face of America. While white narratives of black acquiescence during the Jim Crow era might lead one to believe that blacks tacitly accepted such discrimination, the reality is that African Americans actively opposed the institution of segregation from its beginning. "The NAACP had supported numerous legal battles from the 1920s forward- usually local litigation and investigations of lynching, challenging the unequal facilities of state institutions and laying down thereby a body of legal precedent used by the courts in the 1950s" (Davis, unknown). This resulted in a dramatic shift in African American voter registration, going from more than 150,000 southern African-Americans registered to vote in 1940 to more than a million by 1952, despite the fact that there were still strong laws that were determined to prohibit blacks from voting (Davis, unknown). Rather than fighting for equality in the political realm, where African Americans had little influence because they were being denied the right to vote, many of the early Civil Rights leaders chose to battle it in the courtroom, where they had a better chance of obtaining equality."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davis, R. (Unknown). The transition from segregation to civil rights. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from Web site:
  • Marcelo, K.B., Lopez, M.H, Kennedy, C., and Barr, K. (2008). Young voter registration and turnout trends. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from Web site:
  • McDonald, M. (2009). 2008 General election turnout rates. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from George Mason University Web site:
  • Mitchell, D. (2004). The new invisible man: Felon disenfranchisement laws harm communities. Retrieved April 9, 2009 from Bad Subjects Web site:
  • NAACP. (2009). History. Retrieved April 8, 2009, from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Web site:

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