Suppressing the Vote

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Voting rights have expanded over time, but some voters are still being suppressed. A thought-provoking resource explores the history of voter suppression in the US and efforts to remove roadblocks to voting. Young historians learn about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the debate over voter fraud. The lesson uses group discussion and an activity to reinforce knowledge and improve academic engagement.  

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss the impact of the Civil Rights Movement on the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Create a mock election and bar some individuals from voting to demonstrate voter suppression 
Classroom Considerations

  • The topic of Jim Crow laws is a sensitive subject for some individuals 
Pros

  • Resource uses primary images to enhance the text
  • The lesson cites sources to provide additional information 
Cons

  • None