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literacy tests worked to deny the right to vote to african americans primarily because

a. all white voters had higher literacy rates.
b. the tests were only required in southern states.
c. african americanse were asked questions that were more difficult than those asked of prospective white votes
d. it was specifically provided for in the constitution

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  1. And what do you think the answer is?

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  2. okay, i know that not all the white voters had higher literacy rates. and if the tests were only required in southern states, then most of the whites wouldnt be able to vote, either, because instead of going to school, they were on the farms, i think its c.

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  3. Jere,

    Good thinking.

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  4. That's good thinking -- but --

    Until the later part of the 20th century, there were many African-Americans living in the South. In some areas, they made up a majority of voters. Also -- some illiterate white voters whose grandfather voted, were allowed to vote. This was denied to black voters. Although in some areas, whites were asked easier questions than blacks, the literacy laws were essentially meant to keep blacks(who tended to be more liberal than white Southern voters) from voting in the South.

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  5. so its c??

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  6. so is it b? im fishing in the dark, here...

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  7. I think b is the right answer.

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