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The 1975 Voting Rights Act: A Brief History

Series produced by Victoria Davis

Caption: President Gerald R. Ford approves a seven year extension of the Voting Rights Act, which broadens voting protection especially for Mexican Americans, Asians, and Native Americans while congresswoman Barbara Jordan looks on.
President Gerald R. Ford approves a seven year extension of the Voting Rights Act, which broadens voting protection especially for Mexican Americans, Asians, and Native Americans while congresswoman Barbara Jordan looks on. 

The 1975 Voting Rights Act: A Brief History is a four-part podcast on the 1975 Voting Rights Act Extension and Expansion, which extended protections to Latinos and others. Produced by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez with a grant from Humanities Media Project.

The 1975 Voting Rights Act: A Brief History is a four-part podcast on the 1975 Voting Rights Act Extension and Expansion, which extended protections to Latinos and others. For the past two years, the ’75 VRA has been the subject of a class Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez developed and taught called “Oral History as Journalism,” which is connected to the Voces Oral History Project part of the project’s Political and Civic Engagement collection, at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Students in the class have interviewed men and women who played key roles in extending the VRA, as well as people whose lives were affected by voting rights in general. Produced by Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez with a grant from Humanities Media Project.


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This episode, part three of a four-part series on the 1975 Voting Rights Act Extension and Expansion, looks at the effects of the VRA in Texas.

  • Added: Jan 10, 2018
  • Length: 06:14
Caption: Modesto Rodriguez, shown here at home in Pearsall, Texas, in 2013, testified in 1975 in favor of the Voting Rights Act., Credit: San Antonio Express News
This episode, part two of a four-part series on the 1975 Voting Rights Act Extension and Expansion, examines the steps needed to expand the VRA to ...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 11:54
  • Purchases: 1
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This episode is part one of a four-part series on the 1975 Voting Rights Act Extension and Expansion, which extended protections to Latinos and oth...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 16:02
  • Purchases: 1