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Poll Power: The Voter Education Project and the Movement for the Ballot in the American South

Evan Faulkenbury

Abstract

The civil rights movement required money. In the early 1960s, after years of grassroots organizing, civil rights activists convinced non-profit foundations to donate in support of voter education and registration efforts. One result was the Voter Education Project (VEP), which, starting in 1962, showed far-reaching results almost immediately and organized the groundwork that eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In African American communities across the South, the VEP catalyzed existing campaigns; it paid for fuel, booked rallies, bought food for volunteers, and paid people to canv ... More

Keywords: civil rights movement, American South, voting rights, philanthropy, Martin Luther King Jr., Voter Education Project, African Americans, Tax Reform Act of 1969, Democratic Party, Republican Party

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469652009
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652009.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan Faulkenbury, author
SUNY Cortland