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Re: Reconstruction politics - 100 years later

4) A view of Civil Rights in the States, 1945 - 1968, from the outside. Sometimes we learn a lot from seeing ourselves as others see us. ¹

5) Another view of the actual Act of Congress, "To Enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States ...". ²

6) The Real issue, it appears, is with section V. This may prevent the affected states (southern) from altering (some) congressional districts and moving (some) polling stations without the approval of the government. It is seen by conservatives as an intrusive restriction, which should be thrown out (or at least applied to ALL states in the Union). This section of the Act did not stop mid-term congressional boundary re-drawing, but it DID prevent certain minority districts from being touched (seen as a setback for conservatives wanting total power in Congress). Is it all about politics? ³

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¹ "Civil Rights in America, 1945-1968." historylearningsite. 13 Aug. 2005 [http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk].

² "Voting Rights Act of 1965 ...." Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy. The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. 13 Aug. 2005 [http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/statutes/voting_rights_1965.htm].

³ Baxter, Tom.et al, "Voting Rights Act: Renewal of good faith." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 05 Aug 2005. 13 Aug 2005 [http://www.ajc.com/news].

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Reconstruction politics - 100 years later
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