Voting Rights Act of 1965

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Despite the passing of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, as well as the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the struggle to ensure fair voter registration and election procedures continues. Young historians examine a series of primary sources and consider whether the Voting Rights Act achieved the intended goals.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups investigate current voting controversies, including mail-in ballots, voter identification, and polling days, and hours
  • Challenge class members to take the citizenship test
Classroom Considerations
  • Load the packet on pupils' devices to save copying and printing costs
Pros
  • The packet includes an overview that provides background information, a teachers guide with discussion questions and activities, and the 14-piece primary source set
Cons
  • None