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Empowered Voices | Mississippi Adopts a Literacy Test
Empowered Voices | Mississippi Adopts a Literacy Test
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Mississippi Adopts a Literacy Test

Mississippi Adopts a Literacy Test

Mississippi adopts a literacy test to keep African Americans from voting. Numerous other states—not just in the south—also establish literacy tests. However, the tests also exclude many whites from voting. To get around this, states add grandfather clauses that allow those who could vote before 1870, or their descendants, to vote regardless of literacy or tax qualifications.

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