Mississippi Literacy Test (1955)
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  • 1. Reproduced below is a facsimile 3f the 4/18/55. formdu.rrently" Ln. use forregittration~c:; ~- o,:J :,GNB: ,gnb. ) , . ,._, ~. ~ ,:, .• -:...;" ~.~ - 0~ : .r~· .~. ;...-~ _.----.------ .. ,;. : SHORN HRITTEiJ jPPLICJTIONFOI{ -REGISTRATION:" ..: (By r-eas on of the pr ovLsLens of Section 244 of the Constitution of f¥d.s- sissippi and House Bill No. 95, approved r1arch 24 J 1955; the applicant for registration, if not physically disabledJ is required to fill iT:! this form t n.ih.i s own handwri t Lng in the presence of the regis t r-ar arid wi)choutas$2.stance or suggesticm of any. other pft-rson ~r~rnernprandum.) . . . ." . ( . 1. Wri.te the date ~f this appl:ication: __ . ~ ,. _ 2. Alha t is your full name? " 3. state your age and date of birth: -------------------.-------------- 4. What is your ~ccupation? 5. Where is y~ur business carried on? 6. By whom are yeu employed? 7. Are you a citizwn of the United states and an inhabitant of Missis- . - . - .~. sippi? r~ < • 0;" -, ( •.•• I -::.. :: ~:~ :: r I ~ ." - • -, ~:. ... ,- 8. For how lon~ have you resided in Mississippi? 9. Where is your place of residence, in the District?_. _10. Speeify the da te when such residence bega n ,11. state-your p~ior pla~e~f residence~ if any:12. e::18clc wh l cb 08 th . ycu des ire to t.a ko.: 1. General 2. Ministers 4. If under 21 years at present~ but 21ye~Ts by date of genelal election13" Tf; there is mere than e-ne person of your same name in the precinct,by what name do you 6ish to b2 called?14~ Have Y)U ever been c onvLct ed of any ()f the fnl10wing c r-Lme : h:ribc-;:; st.hef t , a r s cn , Obtaining money (:.rgoods--under·i-alse pr",;"cEmses,-.perjury,forgery, embezzlement, 01 bigamy? _~_." 15. If y~ur answer to Qe.estion 14 is "yesll, name the crim0 or crimes of.which you have been convicted; ~ ¥. 0_ •• and the date and place _ •••• of such convic-tio:q cr qonY.~Gti?n2c: ""_ ." •. J16. Are y~u a minister of the goape L in charge of an or-garrLz.e d cl.ur-ch Jor the wife of such a minister?17. If your answer to Question 16 is "yes" J sta te tne lengtll of your:res.idence n ~i. _the..election d.istl:Lct~.
  • 2. .::"., ..... .... ,. . ",:-,,-: "~:t" :~.~ .. ~, __ J.-. .... . I: .-; - . . H3. Write:.and:qopy, in the spap~"below:,,::"S,e,~t~10n."" ,6f~the .conet.Lt.u- -,~- on ..of~Miss Las :Lppi:~.(In(;lt.ruc:t iQU_t Q__B~gJ~_t~a~: You will des Lgna te the ti section of th~-p,0rlsJiJ_~tl~ion:~nr,l_po~n~:: ~t :~~l~~c;t;o o appiicant~") , -, :,, ,.--. . .. ; ,) 7" • , - •• . ~ • ._ .. ~ ., .: . . : 19.i}Jrite in the, space be Low a reasonable interDretatilSfL (theJneaning) , of, trres,ectio,n of the Consti t.ut Lon of Mississippi whichy~uha ve just copied: .~ 20. Write in the space bel~wa statement setting,forth yoar understand-" ..--ing of theduties and obliga t1.ons of citizenship under a c ens t.Ltutiona 1 form ~f government.- -" - • -.--.-~-~- --.~ ••• :. ·_ •• • •• u "" __ __"~_"" " .•., .........•. . ! ,-, - . • . --" 21. Sign and attach -. tereto the oath or affirmation named in Question 12 . . f i: The applicant will s~gn his name here. COUNTY OF :.~ Swor.n-to and subscribed before me by the within named ______________ ••••••• r-, on thiS, the day ef _____ ,19 --. - ._.- .. -... ~ .. . --, . :", ~ .. -. . ,. r .• ·.... _d ,- -------. "-- --. , ... --- ..-...:--"" .- - --,---:------COlINI"Y REGISTRAR r -:»:-:; .-., : ~ ..•. ,. .:.,. . .. , .: . - .. :, !j ••J .• : ; .. _ :~, ~., i .:., .... •.L iJ.
  • 3. SAMPLE SECTIONS OF THE MISSISSIPPI CONSTITUTIONSection 8. All persons, resident in this state, citize~s of the UnitedStatesJ are hereby declared citizens of the state of Mississippi. Sample interpretation: Anybody who lives in Mississippi and is an American citizen is also a citizen of the State Df Mississippi.Section 30. There shall be no imprisonment for debt. Sample interpretation: A person can not be put in jail just because he owes money.Now write your own interpretations for the sections given belew.Section 14. No person shall b~ deprived of life, liberty, or property~except by due process of law.Section 20. No ~erson shall be elected or appointed to office in thisstate for ltfe or during good behaviour, but the term of all offices.shall be for some specified period.Section 21. Tho privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not besuspended, unless when in the case of rebellion or invasion, t he ;;ublic thout the authority of the Legj..slature:.safety may require It , nor ever ~":i2ection 22~ No personrs life or liberty shall be twice placed in jeo-pa r-dy Tor the same offense; but there must be an actual acquittal orconviction on the merits to bar another prosecution.Section 23. The people shall be secure in their persons, houses, andpossessions) from unre2sonable se.-Lzure,orsearch; and no warrant shallbe issued without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation,secially designating the place to be searched and the person or thing tcbe seized.Section 32. The enlh1leration rights in this constitution shall not be ofconstrued to deny and impair others retained by, and inherent in, thepeople.Section 209. Separate schools shall be maintained for children ofthe-white and colored races;