The Unfortunate Evolution of the Voting Rights Act – Wall Street Journal

Fifty years ago, on Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act, legislation he would later identify as the most important of his political career.

The bill was born from the bloodshed five months earlier, when 600 peaceful black protesters marching for the right to vote attempted to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. As they started to cross, state troopers descended upon them with tear gas and…


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