Defining Moments in American History: The Voting Rights Act of 1965

Editor/Author Hillstrom, Laurie Collier
Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Omnigraphics, Inc.

Single-User Purchase Price: $54.00
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ISBN: 978-0-7808-1048-8
Category: History - United States -- History
Image Count: 43
Book Status: Available
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Provides a detailed account of the events that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Explores both the racial discrimination and violence that pervaded the South and the civil rights protests that changed American voting rights.

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • How to Use This Book
  • NARRATIVE OVERVIEW
  • Prologue
  • Chapter One: The Jim Crow South
  • Chapter Two: Boycotts, Sit-ins, and Freedom Rides.
  • Chapter Three: The March on Washington
  • Chapter Four: Freedom Summer
  • Chapter Five: Showdown in Selma
  • Chapter Six: The Voting Rights Act Becomes Law
  • Chapter Seven: Legacy of the Voting Rights Act
  • BIOGRAPHIES
  • Ella Baker (1903-1986) - Civil Rights Activist and Co-founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
  • James Farmer (1920-1999) - Director of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) during the Civil Rights Movement
  • Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) - Civil Rights Activist and Leader of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) - President of the United States Who Signed the Voting Rights Act into Law
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) - Civil Rights Leader and President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
  • John Lewis (1940-) - Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and U.S. Congressman
  • George Wallace (1919-1998) - Governor of Alabama and Segregationist Leader
  • PRIMARY SOURCES
  • Alabama Literacy Test Samples
  • Learning the Bitter Truth about Jim Crow
  • White Support for the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Ella Baker Describes the Founding of SNCC
  • James Farmer Remembers the Freedom Rides
  • Registering Voters during Freedom Summer
  • Powerful Testimony from Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Martin Luther King's Letter from a Selma, Alabama, Jail
  • John Lewis Remembers “Bloody Sunday”
  • Terror on the Edmund Pettus Bridge
  • President Lyndon Johnson Delivers “The American Promise”
  • Johnson Signs the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • Senator Barack Obama Supports Renewal of the VRA
  • Important People, Places, and Terms
  • Chronology
  • Sources for Further Study
  • Bibliography
  • Photo and Illustration Credits