The Louisiana Literacy Test from 1964

So I was on Digg and there was a link of a group of Harvard students trying to take the Louisiana Literacy Test from 1964. I’d heard of such a thing in the past but never actually seen the test.

The test is effectively ludicrous! No wonder they thought they could stop poorly educated aka black people from voting. Hell, I’m pretty well educated and the test makes no sense to me.

http://www.crmvet.org/info/la-littest.pdf

Try it out for yourself. And here’s the video of the Harvard students trying to take the test.

And it’s interesting – one of the students correctly identifies the modern equivalent being Voter ID laws.

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