Moving Us Closer and Further from the Founding Ideals
Social Issue of Then and Now
Political Issue Then and Now
Literacy tests were used to keep people of color, and sometimes poor whites, from voting. They were administered at the discretion of the officials in charge of voter registration meaning depending on the race of the person the questions could be easier or harder. The tests were the way that the southerners tries to dissuade and keep the blacks from ever having the right to vote since most blacks were illiterate. The irony of the picture is the fact that even though there were many white people who still were terrible with the English language, they were allowed to vote no matter what, just because of their race.