Voting Rights Act of 1965

''And We Shall Overcome''

Its Legislation

Federal legislation in the United States that prohibits discrimination in voting. It was a law signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson during American Civil Rights Movement. It was intended to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the Fourthteenth and Fifteenth Ammendments to the U.S Constitution .The Act establishes extensive federal oversight over elections .

Its Accomplishments

It outlawed obstacles to voting, like literacy tests and poll taxes. The New outlawed discriminatory voting practices for the widespread disenfranchisement of African American. Although it brought good things it also caused racial violence in the southern states.