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Master of Arts


Political Science


The purpose of this study is to, summarize in narrative form the legislative history of the Voting Rights .Act of 1965.~ Its history can be divided into four phases: (1) the presidential address, (2) the legislative history of H. R. 6400 in the United States House of Representatives, (3) the legislative history of S. 1564 in the United Stat es Senate, and ( 4) the signing of the 11.ct by the President of the United States. Of course, this writer readily acknowledges the fact thlt this thesis represents only a summary of the Act's legislative history and by no means encompasses every aspect of the legislative process as found in the House and Senate. Also, it is important to note that emphasis has been placed almost solely upon the mechanics involved in the legislative process and not upon the various arguments for and against the Act.