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Celebrating 50 Years of the Voting Rights Act of 1965


Join FDC Lessons at the LRE “Cornerstones for Civil Rights” Conference,

January 30-31, 2015 at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Austin, Texas.

To read about the FDC Lesson presentations for elementary, middle and

high school teachers and to register, go to


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   After students have analyzed and made connections between the two envelopes, assign them to read and compare the two speeches given by President LBJ, the Special Presidential Message given to Congress on March 15, 1965 and his Remarks at the Signing of the Voting Rights Act, August 6, 1965. For each speech, identify sentences and words that show the tone and purpose. What did LBJ mean when he said, “There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem”? How will the new law ensure that all people can register and vote? Are there any barriers to voting today? What other goals does LBJ hope to achieve to fulfill the promise of We the People?

FDC Lessons continues to grow!

   There’s a new booklet, The Including and Such as Texans which contains 20 biographies that are student-friendly readings of 1-2 pages, each with suggestions for individual or group work activities. Thanks to Texas State Historical Association for helping with this project. New lessons based on first day covers and additional primary sources include The Preamble, James Madison and Separation of Powers, Mormons and Freedom of Religion, Zora Neale Hurston and Harlem Renaissance, as well as five new lessons covering World War II.

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