|Voting Rights Speech before Congress
Lyndon B. Johnson - March 15, 1965
DBQ: Document-Based Questions
for American History Students - Scroll down to print .pdf file.
…There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem.
There is no Northern problem. There is only an American problem.
And we are met here tonight as Americans—not as Democrats or
Republicans—we are met here as Americans to solve that problem….
|Questions: 1. Why did Johnson describe voting rights as an overall "American problem"? 2. What do you think Johnson meant by "the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice"? 3. The Voting Rights Act was passed into law. Listening to Johnson deliver this speech, would you have been persuaded to support this legislation? Why or why not? Reference the events which were occurring at this time. Click here to print.|