Essay The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

1151 Words Oct 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Ever since July 4th, 1776, the U.S has had it’s ups and downs. It has experienced enormous amounts of change over the years for the good, and for the better. Congress have passed Acts to make America an equal and free country. Some of the Acts that helped create the country that we live in today are the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Immigration Acts of 1965. Although the Acts have different main points, both sought to put a lid on discrimination, create more opportunities for minorities, and push America to be a better place. During the year 1965 there was a lot of violence against blacks. They did not have the same privileges as the white citizens, and because of that it created an uprising among the African Americans. One of the privileges white people had that the blacks did not was the freedom to vote. Discrimination against the colored was high, especially in the South, and many lost their lives for just trying to cast a vote. Before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the voting turn out for blacks was below 10%, due to the threats and violence they experienced on a daily basis. As violence heightened, so did the black activism. They wanted change in America. In Alabama a black protest was crossing the Edmund Pettus bridge, and as they crossed white police officers attacked the innocent minorities, and many of them were brutally beaten, and others ran for their lives (The First Foundation of Today 's Minority Politics: The Voting Rights Act of 1965). A big reason that…

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