Issues The Fight to End Slavery Leading People to Freedom Changing the Laws The Fight for Equal Education The Fight for Desegregation Leading the Country Resistance to the Movement Willing to Give their Lives
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In the United States, people have always been proud of their right to vote and help decide how the government will work. After the Civil War, the Constitution was changed to make sure black men had the right to vote. For twelve years after the Civil War, soldiers of the Union Army helped make sure that Blacks would get to vote in the South. When the soldiers left, though, Whites in the South invented many ways to keep Blacks from voting. They succeeded for almost one hundred years. Learn how civil rights leaders in the 1960's helped make sure that all black people would be allowed to vote by clicking on the links below.
After slaves were freed, all black men were given the right to vote according to the Constitution. But in reality, very few Blacks were able to vote. You will be surprised to learn why!
How could Whites in the South keep Blacks from voting? Learn about the unfair ways that Whites kept Blacks from registering to vote by making them take tests that could never be passed, pay money in order to vote, and more!
Civil rights leaders helped register Blacks to vote. Martin Luther King, Jr. worked hard to help African-Americans use their right to vote to change the government and make sure Blacks would be treated fairly.
Malcolm X also worked to end discrimination on election days. He preached about the importance of voting and fighting for your right to vote in any way you could.
Jesse Jackson encouraged Blacks to be involved in the government by voting and running for office. He became the most successful black presidential candidate ever to run in the US.
These great leaders believed that voting was an important way to help end discrimination and segregation. We hope you enjoy reading their inspiring stories! See how much you have learned by clicking on the puzzle to take our Right to Vote Double Puzzle.
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