The Fight For Voting Rights, 50 Years Later

The Supreme Court has imposed restrictions on voting rights in some southern states that when applied to blacks and poor whites make it more difficult for them to vote despite the fact that these restrictions do not apply in the rest of the country. Though their argument was that those states approved of the restrictions this did not apply to either the blacks or the poor whites in those states. Furthermore, they didn't take account of the fact that while the same held for the slaves vs. their owners in the South's defense of slavery in the civil war it would be hard to find supporters of this defense, and the best they could do would be to argue that while the defense fails for slavery it works for restrictions on voters' rights.