A VOTING RIGHTS WORD PUZZLE

By Janet Sims-Wood, Ph.D.

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Find the words listed below. Words can be diagonal, crossways, backwards, up or down. Definitions of the words have been added for your information.

Glossary

Act - A bill that has been passed by Congress. If singed by the president, it becomes a law.

Discrimination - Prejudice or unjust behavior to others based on differences in age, race, gender, etc.

Amendment - A change that is made to a law or legal document.

Election - The act or process of choosing someone or deciding something by voting.

Boycott - To refuse to take part in something as a way of making a protest.

Equal Rights - the same for each member of a group.

Citizen - A member of a particular country, town or city who has a right to live there.

Literary - The ability to read and write.

Court - A place where legal cases are heard and decided.

Poll Tax - A tax, commonly levied by the state, on the right or privilege of voting.

Demonstration - To join together with other people to protest something.

 

Registration - The act of putting names or records on an official list.

Sit-in - To protest racial discrimination, the sit-in movement was the process of not moving from a specific location, sometimes suffering abuse and pain from being bitten by dogs, hosed by the police, hit and spit upon, etc. The sit-in movement was very popular with young college students as they attempted to desegregate restaurants, theaters, etc.

Vote - To make a choice in an election, usually by pulling a lever on a machine, writing on a ballot, or raising your hand.


Definitions came from The Scholastic Children's Dictionary, N. Y.: Scholastic, Inc., 1996, 648p., and from the Historical Dictionary of the Civil Rights Movement, by Ralph E. Luker. Lanham, MD: The Scarecrow Press, 1997, 327p.

 

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