Poll Tax and Literacy Tests

For this activity, you’ll be doing two things: first, you will be reading and evaluating four web sites. For each, you must:

  1. Determine, using the CRAP test, whether or not the site is a reliable source.
  2. Determine one new and important fact about poll taxes and literacy tests.

Afterward, you must find two new resources to gather information from. Once you find those resources, you must:

  1. Determine, using the CRAP test, whether or not the site is a reliable source.
  2. Determine one new and important fact about poll taxes and literacy tests.

Use this graphic organizer to keep track of your results.

The Sites

  1. Techniques of Direct Disenfranchisement, 1880-1965
  2. Literacy Tests
  3. Purpose of poll tax literacy test and actions of the KKK
  4. Grandfather Clauses, Literacy Tests, and the White Primary

2 Comments


  1. What is the CRAP test? I need a catchy acronym for my students.

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