When Reconstruction ended in 1877, states across the South implemented new laws to restrict the voting rights of African Americans. These included onerous requirements of owning property, paying poll taxes, and passing literacy or civics exams. Many African Americans who attempted to vote were also threatened physically or feared losing their jobs. One of the major goals of the Civil Rights.
Did you vote last week? Whether you participated in early-voting, absentee or walked into your polling place on Nov. 4, we’re looking for essays that illustrate your personal voting experience.