For more than 40 years the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting full primary documents and excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the world. Each volume includes approximately 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official or other influential reports and surveys, to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more.

Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year's events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents and a cumulative five-year index that directs them to related material in earlier volumes.

Supreme Court Rules on Voting Rights Act: June 25, 2013

Supreme Court Rules on Voting Rights Act: June 25, 2013

Supreme court rules on voting rights act: June 25, 2013

On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court struck down a central provision of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Voting Rights Act was a landmark piece of federal legislation designed to end the entrenched resistance of state officials to enforce the right to vote regardless of race. While the Act prohibits racial discrimination in voting in all states, it contains enforcement provisions that require special scrutiny of certain states that were singled out for their deep history of voter suppression. These states were required to get “preclearance” before changing their voting laws, that is, they had to obtain federal permission before enacting ...

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