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The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1964, ensuring that the right of citizens of the United States to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.” At the time, five southern states—Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, and Mississippi—still enforced poll tax requirements. In the years after the Civil War, states across the South instituted poll taxes, disenfranchising African Americans and poor whites across the region.

This artifact from Sumter, Alabama in 1932 acknowledges the receipt of a $1.50 poll tax or $26.09 in 2015 dollars.

In 1932, the average cost of a loaf of bread nationally was seven cents. In other words, Alabama’s poll tax was equivalent to 21 loaves of bread.

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Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson invoked the American soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy during World War II while discussing how he will continue to fight for the Republican presidential nomination at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

"We have to begin to think about those who come behind us. Because what would have happened to us if those who preceded us were little chicken livers. What if they weren't willing to take risk?" he asked. "What if on D-Day our soldiers invading the beaches of Normandy had seen their colleagues being cut down, a hundred bodies laying in the sand, a thousand bodies laying in the sand -- what if they had been frightened and turned back? Well, I guarantee you they were frightened, but they didn't turn back."

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While discussing the scramble in the House to find a viable candidate for speaker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) suggested that the word "Washington" is more derogatory than the term "Redskins," the name of the Washington, D.C., football team.

During a Thursday interview, radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Bush about turmoil in the House over the speakership race.

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