Lot #53
Lyndon B. Johnson

Important official printing of a landmark Civil Rights bill: President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, and Speaker McCormack sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965
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Important official printing of a landmark Civil Rights bill: President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, and Speaker McCormack sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965

DS as president, signed “Lyndon B. Johnson, Aug. 6, 1965,” ten pages, 10 x 15, August 6, 1965. Official printing of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, "S. 1564: An Act To enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and for other purposes," signed at the conclusion by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, and Speaker of the House John McCormack. In part: "No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State of political subdivision to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." In very good to fine condition, with some edge creasing.

Signed into law by President Johnson at the height of the Civil Rights Movement on August 6, 1965, the Voting Rights Act was designed to secure the right to vote for racial minorities throughout the country, especially in the South. It is considered to be the most effective piece of federal civil rights legislation ever enacted in the United States: by the end of 1965, a quarter of a million new Black voters had been registered. Readopted and strengthened over the course of several years, it is a piece of legislation that continues to be impactful in today's America.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #604 - Ended March 10, 2021





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