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Homework Help: History

Posted by Jim on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 1:50pm.

If the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, which were passed almost 100 years earlier, guaranteed that African-Americans had the right to vote, why was legislation such as The Voting Rights Act of 1965 necessary?

1) States were passing laws that discouraged or disqualified African-Americans from voting but did not technically violate the Constitution.
2) These Amendments did not apply to voting in state elections.
3) After 100 years, an Amendment tot he Constitution is considered null and void if the country does not vote to reinstitute it.
4) This is a trick question, this legislation was not necessary.

I think that the answer is number 4. Am I correct?

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