Literacy tests from the 60s

This isn’t a news item, but rather a collection of actual literacy tests from the 60s.

This Slate piece linked to this site hosted by the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, and their collection of literacy tests.  As the Slate snippet notes, many of the literacy tests were ostensibly connected to civics, but I’m particularly intrigued by Louisiana’s mind-teaser version.

(The originals, it always bears repeating, were tools of disenfranchisement rather than “mind-teasers.”  I do not mean to belittle the gravity of their deployment by the description.  And no, they’re not coming back after Shelby County.)

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