Disenfranchisement and Segregation

By : Aimee and Kacy

Disenfranchisement - To deprive a person of the right to vote or other rights of citizenship.

By the 1900's, more and more African Americans were arriving at Georgia, making 47% of the state's population. even though the blacks made up almost half the state, the whites still have other 'laws' to prevent them from voting.

The Laws/Qualifications

Grandfather Clause - Stated that only the men whose fathers or grandfathers that were able to vote in 1967 may vote. Since very few blacks were able to vote back then, this made almost no African American's vote.

Literacy test - Voters had to own property, pay a poll tax, and take a literacy test. Since the questions were made up of almost anything, it would stump the voter.

Gerrymander - Draw up an election district in a way that benefits a certain group. A district could be drawn up to benefit racial groups, political parties, etc.

Segregation - The actions or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things.

During the segregation period, the Jim Crow Laws allowed enforcing segregation. Whites always thought that they were better than blacks. blacks were unable to do everything the whites were allowed to such as voting.

despite all this, the National Association for Advancement of Colored People continued a campaign to rid the Jim Crows System.

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