Chapter 43: Discrimination Part III. May 16, 2007. Bellringer. Have you, or anyone you know, been denied the freedom to vote in an election?. Introduction.
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Discrimination affects many aspects of the lives of people. Whether you are talking about race, sex, nationality or sexual orientation, there are many different ways that people discriminate against others.
The 15th Amendment to the Constitution provided the right to vote to nonwhite, male citizens. It states that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote (shall not be) denied or abridged by any State on account of race, color, or pervious condition of servitude”.
However, obstacles to full voting rights continue well into this century throughpoll taxes, literacy tests, and intimidation of African Americans who want to exercise their voting rights.
Women did not win the right to vote until 1920 with the passage of the 19th Amendment
Gerrymandering: The redrawing of a voting district to ensure that a particular group of people is included in the same district. Usually oddly shaped and sometimes called “majority-minority districts”.