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Yes, exactly. The suppression was severe in the deep South. When I was in

high school in 1965, during the time that the first Voting Rights Act was being debated, the Los Angeles Times did a series of articles on voter suppression in the South.
In those days, the Times was a conservative Republican newspaper, owned by the Chandler family. They were seen as very staid and not prone to hyperbole. Their reporters were traveling throughout the South to document the suppression. It was horrific, and people of color who even dared to go down to the registrar of voters to try to sign up, were repeatedly turned away, followed, and threatened by the white citizens council, the local sheriffs, and other groups.
Attempting to register to vote meant that an African-American citizen's house could be burned down, his crops destroyed, or his children kidnapped or harmed. Black people lived in a system of abject terror.
I clipped out all those articles and saved them, because even as a teenager, I knew that the civil rights movement of the 1960's was a momentous time. I still have them in a scrapbook somewhere.
That happened during my lifetime. Not 100 years ago after the Civil War -- but in my lifetime. -- B4E

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