African American Voting Rights

Essential Questions

  1. To what extent does racial equality depend on government action?
  2. Did the federal government adequately protect and support the lives and civil rights of African Americans in the South after emancipation and during the Reconstruction era?
  3. What was the effect of the Jim Crow laws enacted in the South?
  4. To what extent can judicial and legislative decisions change racial attitudes?
  5. How successful was the civil rights movement of the 1960s in achieving the mandates of the constitutional amendments of the 1860s and 1870s?