Barriers to voting faced by African Americans in Mississippi in the 1950's and early 1960's?
Literacy tests and Poll Taxes.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965: under the act > (1) ferderal officials could register African Americans as voters since southern voter registration boards refused to, and (2) it effectively eliminated literacy tests and other barriers for them > WHY? > so that African Americans could register to vote in the Deep South
African Americans were able to vote is some of the states of the United States well before the Civil War, but federal law did not make them eligible to vote until passage of the 14th Amendment to the constitution in 1868. Of course, for decades after that, a variety of barriers to voting by African-Americans were erected, especially, but not exclusively, in the states of the former Confederacy.
The poll tax was actually an impediment to African-Americans exercising their right to vote. By taxing voting for African-Americans, who were extremely poor, it effectively stopped them from voting. Only when poll taxes were deemed unconstitutional by the 24th Amendment did African-Americans begin to have a shot at full citizenship.
Which amendments to the US Constitution allow voting rights to Native American women and African Americans?
The 15th amendment allowed African American males to vote, and the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. Native Americans were not considered citizens until 1924, so they did not have the right to vote until then. Even after 1924, some states restricted Native American voting rights based on whether or not they paid property taxes. This discrimination continued until the 1950s. Though African American males were guaranteed the right to vote by the…