A test given to people to prove that they can read and write. During the first part of the 20th century, passing such tests were often a criteria for voter registration in the South. African Americans were often told they had not passed the test in order to prevent them from voting. Such tests were later ruled to be unconstitutional.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Literacy Test." (Viewed on June 19, 2021) <https://jwa.org/node/12026>.