This next standard covers two topics, the civil rights act of 1964 and the voting rights act of 1965, this includes the 24th amendment. To stay in order, I will start with the civil rights act of 1964. This act was conceived during Kennedy’s presidency, but signed by Johnson. This act stated that companies could no longer hold a bias against race, age, gender, ethnicity, or religion when considering potential employees. This means that finally African Americans, women, and anyone else could be employed if they had the best qualifications for a job. But of course, this wasn’t perfect, and so some businesses still held onto discrimination, but it was a large improvement.
Next was the 24th amendment, the amendment states that all citizens could freely vote without a voting tax or other absurd requirements. We all know that the 15th and 19th amendments gave African Americans and women the right to vote, but this didn’t stop people from making it as difficult for them as possible to vote. For example, people living in poor areas couldn’t afford the voting tax so they could not vote. This meant that poor people were not being represented in government. But, now they are, because they could no longer be refused their right to vote.
The final section of this standard is the voting rights act of 1965. The act was made to assure everyone had equal access to voting by putting an end to any and voting restrictions such as literacy tests and voting taxes. Of course, there were some states that tried to resist, but I think we all know that did not last,
I’m amazed by how many times the federal government had to take action before the rest of the country complied. I guess this goes to show that people wont change because someone tells them to, they have to get there on their own. This is evident in how many different acts were passed just to give people the right to vote.