This has been a big week for the Supreme Court. It offered some high-profile rulings that touch on history and the ways we run our country.
The Court offered a major ruling striking down key provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. For more info on voting rights in recent history, you may want to check out this book in the library collection:
Invisible enemy : the African American freedom struggle after 1965 by Greta de Jong (2010). This book has a chapter devoted to the Voting Rights Act. I have also pasted a short documentary about the Voting Rights Act below.
For information on the Supreme Court’s ruling take a look at this video :
In 5-4 Vote, Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Provision of the Voting Rights Act
Description: A key provision of the Voting Rights Act requiring federal oversight of states with a history of racial discrimination has been struck down by the Supreme Court. Jeffrey Brown discusses the ruling with the National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle, and the court’s argument that the U.S. is no longer divided as it was in the 1960s.
Watch High Court Strikes Down Key Provision of Voting Rights Act on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.
Here’s a short documentary on the background of the Voting Rights Act.
Voting rights Act of 1965