In this lesson, developed by and included with the permission the LBJ Presidential Library, students will examine primary source documents associated with the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
- Students will determine the origins of the struggle for voting rights and understand the need for the passage of a voting rights act.
- Students will identify the steps taken by civil rights activists to advocate for voting rights.
- Students will discuss and analyze the interactions between President Johnson and leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and George Wallace.
- Students will assess the impact of the actions of civil rights activists, community leaders, and politicians on the passage of voting rights legislation.
- Students will analyze and evaluate primary source documents related to voting rights.
Access We Shall Overcome: The Fight for Voting Rights and accompanying materials on the LBJ Library website.