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A voter registration drive in Sumter, South Carolina

Ronnie Moore

Amistad Research Center

Amistad Research Center

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Although ratified on February 3, 1870, the promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fully realized for almost a century. Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests, and other means, Southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans, but numerous civil rights organizations initiated voter registration campaigns throughout the South. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote. The photograph displayed here illustrated voter registration campaigns throughout the south.

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  • Title: A voter registration drive in Sumter, South Carolina
  • Creator: Ronnie Moore
  • Subject Keywords: Voter registration--South Carolina
  • Type: photograph
  • Rights: Physical rights are retained by the Amistad Research Center. The materials in this exhibition are being made available for personal and scholarly research use only. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws. If you are the rightful copyright holder of an item represented in this exhibition and wishes to have it removed, please submit a request to reference@amistadresearchcenter.org including proof of ownership and clear identification of the work, preferably with URL.
  • Repository: Amistad Research Center
  • Date: 1965
  • Collection: Ronnie Moore papers

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