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The Struggle for Black Enfranchisement

Many thanks to Marc Lewis, Marc Richards, Dimitar Entchev, Peyton McCrary, Freddie LaFemina, Michael Klarman and the Office of the Provost of Swarthmore College for making this website possible.

Richard M. Valelly
Professor of Political Science
Swarthmore College
Ph: 610-328-8099

One of the difficult lessons we have learned is that you cannot depend upon American institutions to function without pressure. Any real change in the status quo depends upon continued creative action to sharpen the conscience of the nation and establish a climate in which even the most recalcitrant elements are forced to admit that change is necessary.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1965)