Today in History: The Civil Rights Act of 1960 was signed.

On May 6, 1960 the Civil Rights Act of 1960 was signed into law. The Act  was intended to strengthen voting rights across the country. It specifically included provisions calling for the  federal  government to inspect local voter registration rolls and authorized court-appointed referees to help African Americans register and vote. This act also provided criminal penalties for any and all parties attempting to prevent people from voting. See the the original Act virtually here.

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