Voting Rights Act of 1965, 1st Edition

  • Laurie Collier Hillstrom
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  • ISBN-10: 0780811240
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811249
  • DDC: 324.620973
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 244 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released October 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 provides users with a detailed and authoritative overview of the passage of this landmark legislation, as well as background information on the principal figures involved in this pivotal episode in U.S. history. The preparation and arrangement of this volume - and all other books in the Defining Moments series - reflect an emphasis on providing a thorough and objective account of events that shaped our nation, presented in an easy-to-use reference work.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is divided into three primary sections. The first, the Narrative Overview, provides a detailed, factual account of the events that led to the signing of the historic bill. The second section, Biographies, provides valuable biographical background on leading individuals associated with the voting rights campaign. And the third section, Primary Sources, collects essential documents that illuminate how the Voting Rights Act progressed from dream to reality.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
How to Use This Book.
1: Narrative Overview.
2: Prologue.
3: The Jim Crow South.
4: Boycotts, Sit-Ins, and Freedom Rides.
5: The March on Washington.
6: Freedom Summer.
7: Showdown in Selma.
8: The Voting Rights Act Becomes Law.
9: Legacy of the Voting Rights Act.
10: Biographies.
11: Ella Baker (1903–1986).
12: James Farmer (1920–1999).
13: Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–1977).
14: Lyndon B. Johnson (1908–1973).
15: Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968).
16: John Lewis (1940–).
17: George Wallace (1919–1998).
18: Primary Sources.
19: Alabama Literacy Test Samples.
20: Learning the Bitter Truth about Jim Crow.
21: White Support for the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
22: Ella Baker Describes the Founding of SNCC.
23: James Farmer Remembers the Freedom Rides.
24: Registering Voters during Freedom Summer.
25: Powerful Testimony from Fannie Lou Hamer.
26: Martin Luther King's Letter from a Selma, Alabama, Jail.
27: John Lewis Remembers "Bloody Sunday".
28: Terror on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
29: President Lyndon Johnson Delivers "The American Promise".
30: Johnson Signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
31: Senator Barack Obama Supports Renewal of the VRA.
Important People, Places, and Terms.
Sources for Further Study.
Photo and Illustration Credits.