Constitution Day: Alabama Literacy Test

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Today is Constitution Day. There is no better day to examine how the meaning of the Constitution was perverted to undermine voting rights than to use this lesson plan that provides the Alabama Literacy Test which African Americans were required to pass prior to the enactment of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Read about the various voting regulations that kept African Americans from exercising their right to vote until 1965. Portions of the Voting Act are included in the lesson as well as President Lyndon Johnson’s speech on March 15, 1965, where he tells Congress that he is sending a law to Congress that will remove all illegal barriers to the right to vote. The lesson plan includes necessary documents, background information, and a procedure to implement the lesson.

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