The 24th Amendment: Death of the Poll Tax

The evolution of the poll tax in the South, from 1871 to 1966

The Poll Tax was a widely used fee that was required to be able to vote. It was instated in many southern states as a way to stop the typically poor black and minority populations from voting, adding such things as literacy tests to make it even more arduous to vote. The 24th Amendment's purpose was to abolish the poll tax, as to let poor and minority citizens vote much more easily. It was ratified on January 23, 1964, the same year in which the Civil Rights Act was ratified.

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