Voting Restrictions May, 2016

On this day … the voting rights struggle continues

On 6 August 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. Because the 15th Amendment (1870) had failed to prevent widespread voter discrimination, states needed another legal kick-in-the-pants. That struggle is still ongoing. This year, courts have struck down onerous voter suppression laws (attacking voting rights by claiming “phantom election fraud“) in Kansas (July), North […]

scopes trial

On this day … The Scopes Trial began

ON this day in 1925 in Tennessee … nearly a thousand people were crushed into the Rhea County Courthouse for the first day of a trial.   John Scopes, a 24 year old high school biology teacher and part-time football coach, had been charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution. Clarence Darrow had joined […]