In the passage “Fannie Lou Hamer, Voting Rights in Mississippi”, it shows the reader just how imperative the civil rights movement was for the progression of African Americans in the United States. Blacks were treated like second class citizens, discriminated against at work, on buses, and in almost all public places. The hardships that plagued many blacks across the nation had a definite effect on how they lived their lives. Even thou the 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. Even with this amendment in place blacks still were held at heavy restraints to not vote due to the use of poll taxes which many blacks couldn’t pay because of their discriminating low wages. There were also literacy tests in which most blacks couldn’t pass because of the poor education that was given to them by whites and many other means.
Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans in more ways than one. In Fannie Lou Hamer case they tried to use intimidation by arresting her and beating her why she was in jail. In other words making her like many other blacks an “example” to spark fear within the race. Whites used actions like these to frighten the African American race out of voting and putting up resistant’s. I feel like they know that if African Americans voted it would draw them one step closer to equality.
Just as they do in present times when they express the importance of voting because ultimately voting gives you a voice. Whites at this time were focused on suppressing the African American race as much as possible and by any means necessary. So they knew that it was pivotal to make sure African...
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