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Democracy, Part 2: the 24th and 26th Amendments

The 24th Amendment goes halfway toward removing poll taxes—one of the many historical practices used to suppress voting on the basis of race and class—before the Supreme Court expands the scope of the 14th Amendment to go all the way. Earlier voting rights successes, lowering the military draft age to 18, student organizing, and a mediocre pop song lead to a change in the Voting Rights Act, and then to the 26th Amendment.

Participants: Harry Sandick