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Conflict & Justice

Why black Democrats' historic fight for the ballot in Mississippi matters

Looming over the controversy about voter ID laws is the history of voter suppression and the movement to open the ballot box to African Americans. A scholar in African-American history says today’s debate can be understood only by considering struggles of African Americans for the vote in the past, particularly in the story of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party.