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What was the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

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The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the two most important laws that were enacted to protect the civil rights of African Americans.  The other was the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Voting Rights Act, as its name implies, was meant to ensure that African Americans’ right to vote was protected.

African Americans had had the legal right to vote since the 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870.  However, many actions were taken in the South to deny blacks...

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