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Civil rights activists describe the methods used by state authorities to discourage black Americans from registering to vote.
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11 March 2009

Classroom Ideas

Outline the separation of African Americans from electoral process. Explore in more detail issues surrounding suffrage in the USA, where the right to vote was decided by a combination of federal and state laws.
Students could identify different individuals or groups and arrange them according to their opinion on whether African Americans should be able to vote. The progress to universal suffrage in the USA could be compared with political change in the UK.
Compare the treatment of African Americans shown in the clip with current issues of suppression and intimidation related to voting rights around the world.