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Equal voting rights in the US
by Van Gosse
About this EXP
Van Gosse, Professor of History at Franklin and Marshall College, discusses the ways in which the Voting Rights Act changed American politics.
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Key point 1
Until the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the American South was an apartheid state. Black people were not citizens.
Key point 2
After 1965, very rapidly, the notion of black power grew and took on force. Black men and women began running for offices.
Key point 3
Now, 56 years later, there are tens of thousands of black elected officials. However, on the terms understood in the rest of the world, the US is not a true democracy.
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