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One protest quilt has, stapled to it, the actual paper receipt for the last poll tax paid by the quilter’s grandmother in the early 1960s – remnant of a barrier to voting for generations of blacks in the South.
Those textbooks didn’t mention slave uprisings, the Ku Klux Klan, lynching, poll taxes, separate but equal, redlining, or white privilege.
Twenty-Fourth Amendment: Prohibits collection of poll taxes, which were used to depress African-American turnout.
For example, homeless people are largely denied the vote; and prior to the election of 1992, the names of 1 million people who had not paid their poll tax disappeared from the electoral registers.
White politicians in Georgia devised new methods of stripping blacks of voting rights, including poll taxes, onerous registration requirements and similar restrictions copied in other states.
The freedmen may have gained the right to vote (one that would be proscribed in the years to come in the South by post-Reconstruction laws establishing poll taxes, literacy tests and other measures).
In the aftermath of Reconstruction, southern states used poll taxes to deny poor black and white men the vote.
Civitans also encouraged voter participation by raising money to pay poll taxes for those who couldn't afford them.
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Definition of poll tax for English Language Learners
: a tax that each adult has to pay in order to vote in an election
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