essay progress check 3 1

I have included my paper that is being used and will include my last feedback rubric response from my instructor. Also need to read the current rubric for this paper. This assignment needs to original and it does get turned to turnitin to make sure.

Draft the remainder of the body of your essay; make sure to include the other body paragraphs you have already written. (Don’t worry about writing the conclusion; we’ll get to that in Learning Block 8-2.) Keep in mind the strategies you have learned to construct an effective argument. Refer to your writing plan and feedback from your instructor.

Add the remainder of your essay draft to firstname_lastname.Essay. Congratulations—you have now completed the initial draft of your historical event analysis essay!

Unlike the previous themes in this course, Theme: Thinking About History does not include sample submissions against which you can compare your work. Instead, you will be asked to submit this draft at the end of Theme: Thinking About History, Learning Block 7-4. You will receive feedback from your instructor in time to rework this document into shape for final submission at the end of Theme: Thinking About History, Learning Block 8-4.

Save firstname_lastname.Essay locally on your computer. You will be asked to submit it at the end of Theme: Thinking About History, Learning Block 7-4.


Now take some time for an incubation period, or a step back from your paper. Take time off from writing your essay and focus on the historical case studies in Learning Blocks 7-4 and 8-1. The purpose of the incubation period is to let your essay digest in the back of your mind before you assess the feedback from your instructor and begin the revision process.

This is what the essay is so far and this is the last of my rough draft and next week I turn in my final paper.

Aimee Darwin

HIS 200: Applied History

Southern New Hampshire University


Voting Rights Act of 1965

For my historical event analysis, I have chosen to focus on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into a law, which prohibits the federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen’s race, color, or previous condition of servitude” (Davidson, Chandler). The Act gave African Americans the right to vote. Despite the passage of the 15th Amendment that had illegalized any denial for citizens of the US their rights to vote because of their race or color, this has not been adhered to. This had not been adhered to, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is widely considered as one of the most extensive civil legislations in the US history.

Nonetheless, in my analysis, I will attempt to answer the question; why the 15th Amendment was and not enforced? The 15th Amendment was passed in 1870, but it was not being enforced, implying that the very limits that were not to be passed due to the passage of the law were not being adhered to. One needs to understand the passage of the law within the confines of the time it was ratified after the Civil War had ended, and America was trying to find an identity as a diverse society. The Southern States were unwilling to let go of the slaves that had been the economic backbone of these states.

The main question remains, why some groups’ people could not vote in the early and what barriers were used to keep them from voting: The Southern slaves provided free labor in cotton plantations, and they wanted to maintain the status quo. After the Reconstruction period ended in 1877, the Supreme Court passed a law that limited individual rights under federal legislation (Davidson 63). The whites manipulated the systems to dominate the state legislatures, and they used their influence to edge out the African Americans and to stifle their social standing. The whites passed policies such as poll taxes, grandfather clauses, literacy tests, and whites-only primaries as a way of disqualifying the African Americans from the voting structure, and this led to their disenfranchisement.

Finally, my analysis will answer the following question, was there any dramatic change in registration, politics, fight against discrimination, and voting when the Act was passed in 1965? Over time, the right to vote among the African Americans became negligible, almost non-existent until the 1950s and 1960s when Congress passed laws to try and reinforce the rights of African Americans, but they were only successful. The fight for racial equality was peaking in the US, and some of the limits to voting were being eliminated. In 1964, the poll taxes were excluded, and the black movements became emboldened. Black activists felt that the Civil Rights Act was weak in protecting the interests of black people and demanded further legislature to this end. The assassination of President J.F Kennedy shook the nation to the core, and the new president wanted to build better relations in the US. The Voting Rights Act was seen as a way to serve both the interests of African Americans and the healing of the nation.

Works Cited

A Brief History of Civil Rights in the United States: 1965 Voting Rights Act.” (2020). Guides at Georgetown Law Library, g=592919&p=4172704

Davidson, Chandler. Quiet revolution in the South: The impact of the Voting Rights Act, 1965-1990. Princeton University Press, 1994.