It required a person seeking to register to vote to read a section of the state constitution and explain it to the county clerk who processed voter registrations. Since its passage, the Voting Rights Act has been amended to include such features as the protection of voting rights for non-English speaking American citizens.
American civil rights movement. But all this changed when Reconstruction ended in and federal troops withdrew from the old Confederacy. Seven generations of women have come together to affect these changes in the most democratic ways: through meetings, petition drives, lobbying, public speaking, and nonviolent resistance.
Be at least 18 years of age. Civil Rights Act of Even though all Americans had gained the right to vote, many southern states made it difficult for blacks.
The slaves were set free after the Civil War and both women and non-white people were given the right to vote with the 15th and the 19th amendments. Kennedy gave a speech calling for a civil rights law that would give "all Americans the right to be served in facilities that are open to the public" and would offer "greater protection for the right to vote.
Wanting to show a commitment to the civil rights movement and minimize racial tensions in the South, the Eisenhower administration pressured Congress to consider new civil rights legislation.
Even the heartfelt pleas of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a refined and educated woman of the time, did not move the assembly.
The Little Rock Nine tried again a couple of weeks later and made it inside, but had to be removed for their safety when violence ensued. Is it simply the free right of a woman to hire out her womb for this service?
Black voter registration in Alabama was only 23 percent, while in neighboring Mississippi less than 7 percent of voting-age blacks were registered.