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J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

Constitution and Citizenship Day

An exploration of the Constitution and why we celebrate Constitution and Citizenship Day

Constitutional Amendments Affecting Voting Rights

The Fight for the Right to Vote in the United States

This video gives an overview of the United States Constitutional Amendments concerning voting rights and the challenges disenfranchised groups have faced.

Could you pass this test?

Voting Rights: Could you pass this test?

Literacy tests were used between the 1850s and 1960s to prevent the impoverished, African-Americans and other People of Color from voting. This sample is from a literacy test used in Louisiana in 1964. Students at Harvard couldn’t pass this test. Could you? (The complete test is here.)