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The Voting Rights Act of 1965

The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice hosts an informative site dedicated to the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the law that finally overcame some states' resistance to voting rights for African Americans. The site provides details about the 1965 enactment of the law, and the amendments that followed in 1970, 1975, 1982, and 2006. It also provides insight into life before the Voting Rights Act, an introduction to federal voting rights laws, and the effect of the Voting Rights Act. For educators who are looking for online resources to supplement their lesson plans on this essential civil rights victory, this site will be a welcome find.
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