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Delays and long lines at polling places during recent presidential primary elections – such as voters in Texas experienced – represent the latest version of decades-long policies that have sought to reduce the political power of African Americans in the U.S.

But in recent years, new barriers have gone up that, according to two scholars at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, constitute a new type of poll tax on working people and minority voters. Associate Professor of Geography and Africana Studies Joshua F. J. Inwood and Professor of Geography Derek Alderman are scholars of the American civil rights movement, including the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee’s voting rights efforts. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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