Updated: Aug 24
Fifty-six years ago, in order to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment, Congress had to pass the Voting Rights Act. Yet Federal power had been behind the right to vote for nearly 100 years.
And here we are again: in desperate need of federal legislation to protect the franchise as established by the Constitution for all citizens, no matter what their skin color – because states are suppressing the vote.
We’re offering you a look at historian Heather Cox Richardson’s recent blog entry, which exposes the history of this struggle to control who can vote. Yet again, we see why Congress must pass voting rights legislation. Read the blog Letters from an American here.