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U.S. Voting Rights

  When the Constitution was written, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 percent of the nation's population) had the vote. Over the past two centuries, though, the term "government by…

Oregon v. Mitchell (1970)

Case SummaryOregon, Texas, and Idaho brought suit in the Supreme Court against the United States and Attorney General John Mitchell to challenge the Voting Rights Act Amendments of 1970. They…

integration

(Encyclopedia) integration, in U.S. history, the goal of an organized movement to break down the barriers of discrimination and segregation separating African Americans from the rest of…

Virginia Overview

(Encyclopedia) Virginia, state of the S Middle-Atlantic United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), North Carolina and Tennessee (S), Kentucky and West Virginia (W), and…

Timeline: Martin Luther King, Jr. - Part III

Part III: National Figure by David Johnson 1963 1964 1965 Next: New Directions for Civil Rights 1963 King is arrested and jailed during anti-segregation protests in Birmingham; writes Letter…

Testimony

by Fannie Lou Hamer Speech given at the Democratic National Convention Mr. Chairman, and the Credentials Committee, my name is Mrs. Fanny Lou Hamer, and I live at 626 East Lafayette Street,…

Civil Rights Timeline

Milestones in the modern civil rights movement by Borgna Brunner and Elissa Haney 1948 1954 1960 1967 1968 1971…

John F. Kennedy (January 11, 1962)

Mr. Vice President, my old colleague from Massachusetts and your new Speaker, John McCormack, Members of the 87th Congress, ladies and gentlemen: This week we begin anew our joint and separate…