Teaching Guide: Exploring the Voting Rights Act of 1965

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100 years ago the 19th Amendment was passed granting all United States citizens the right to vote. But by 1965 it was apparent that more needed to be done to ensure all citizens could cast their ballots. In 1965 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination based on "race, color, religion, sex, or national origin." A teaching guide provides instructors with a primary source set of documents to support a study of this vital piece legislation.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups investigate and report on current voting issues including the debate over vote-by-mail, voter registration, and the reduction in polling places and polling hours
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of the PBS Election Collection
  • Requires computers with internet access and/or copies of the various documents
Pros

  • The printable teaching guide includes primary source documents, a primary source analysis guide, discussion questions, and classroom activities
  • In-text links are included for all documents
Cons

  • None