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Black History Month 2020: African Americans and the Vote: eVideos

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13th, 14th and 15th Amendments Segment 23 (04:21)

Following the Civil War, the Constitution outlawed slavery throughout the U.S., eliminated the 3/5 clause, and granted citizenship to African-Americans—including voting rights.  View Video.

African Americans Register to Vote in Mississippi ca. 1965 Full Video (02:35)

Following the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibited racial discrimination at the polls, civil rights groups such as the (SNCC) organized voter registration... View Video.

African Americans Vote in Chicago Using a Pull-Lever Vote-Counting Machine ca. 1950s Full Video (02:41)

When using a pull-lever vote-counting machine, voters flip switches to indicate their votes and pull a lever to record their choices.  View Video.

The African American Voter Full Video (56:37)

This program consists of highlights of African American town hall meetings where the minority voters came to express their opinions...  View Video.

Blacks Allowed to Vote Segment 2 of 11 (04:06)

The 15th Amendment allows blacks to vote.  View Video.

Civil Rights Movement Segment 2 (02:33)

Cortez-Todd describes participating in "The March on Washington." African Americans were actively prevented from voting in southern states.  View Video.

Freedom Summer Segment 8 (13:35)

In 1964, a campaign was launched to register African American voters as possible in Mississippi. Days into the campaign... View Video.

Introduction: The African American Voter Segment 1 (02:12)

The Voting Rights Act was passed into law 27 years ago, yet many of America's black and Latino citizens still feel disenfranchised. View Video.

Lawrence Guyot Segment 2 (08:08)

Guyot discusses how Section 2 of the 14th Amendment and Section V of the Voting Rights Act support African-American enfranchisement.  View Video.

Lyndon B. Johnson Argues for Voting Rights Act During the 1965 State of the Union Address ca. 1965 Full Video (02:13)

As part of his Great Society program, President Lyndon B. Johnson argued for national legislation that would remove the remaining barriers preventing some...  View Video.

Martin Luther King Jr. Leads March in Montgomery, Alabama ca. 1965 Full Video (02:02)

Following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. focused his attention on ending poll requirements in Southern states that prevented ...  View Video.

Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Segment 12 (02:24)

The FBI wouldn't protect Civil Rights workers. Black and white activists risked violence to organize African-American voters during Freedom Summer.  View Video.

Primary Election Segment 3 of 18 (03:08)

Stokes increased black voter turnout and won white support. View him speaking to an African-American congregation.   View Video.

Ronald Reagan Addresses Support of Black Voters at a Press Conference ca. 1983 Full Video (01:27)

During his administration Ronald Reagan was criticized for the negative effect his policies had on African Americans. Reagan opposed...  View Video.

Voting Equality Segment 10 of 10 (05:27)

What will happen when the black vote is equal to the white vote in some of the most determined states to discriminate against blacks?   View Video.

Voting Rights Segment 9 (02:29)

Voting rights are the "guts" of democracy. In places like Alabama and Mississippi, African American voters have been prevented from voting.  View Video.

Voting Rights Act Segment 9 of 10 (13:58)

In 1965, the U.S. Congress passed the Voting Rights Act, forcing states to end discriminatory voting practices.  View Video.