Voting Rights Act and Southern Politics

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Voting Rights Act and Southern Politics Jim Crow Laws: segregation laws 1890’s and used by wealthy whites to keep out this (above) alliance. Denial of the Vote in the Jim Crow South: News sought to dilute black voting powers Disenfranchisement- used to keep blacks from polls, to close door of improvement. An alliance between lower and working class blacks and whites. Wealthy whites sought to disrupt this alliance. 1940 peak of system only 3% of blacks registered to vote in the South Poll Tax- minimized lower class and blacks from voting; instituted in 1890’s, must pay to vote. 24 th amendment in 1964 eliminated poll tax. White Primary - bc democractic party only accepted, no competition for republicans. So must win in dem. Primary. Kept blacks out of voting bc not allowed to vote in primaries. Thus, abolished in 1944. 1870- no discrimination by race in voting Smith vs. Allwright 1944: before this parties determine who can or who cannot vote within a primary. Court decided parties weren’t private, so can’t keep blacks from voting
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PS 11 taught by Professor Glaser during the Fall '07 term at Tufts.

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