Monday, November 5, 2012

Voting: A Right or A Privilege?

A poll tax receipt from Arkansas, 1893

A literacy test for voting from Louisiana

A petition for the right of women to vote in Texas from Minnie Fisher Cunningham, 1916

The central issue in American history remains, exactly who is included in those opening 3 words of the Constitution, "We the People ...?


JCF said...

Today, Brian Kilmeade of FOX Freudian-slipped the Game Plan: INTIMIDATE voters.

Lapinbizarre said...

The son of a local SC politician told me that in the 50's the polling station in the county town had Chinese language newspapers on hand to administer the literacy test to any "person of color" attempting to vote.