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Give us the ballot : the modern struggle for voting rights in America /

by Berman, Ari.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.Edition: First edition.Description: 372 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780374158279 (hardcover); 0374158274 (hardcover).Subject(s): United States. Voting Rights Act of 1965 | Voting Rights Act of 1965 (United States) | Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 21st century | Minorities -- Suffrage -- United States | Minorities -- Suffrage | Suffrage | United States | 1900 - 2099 | HistoryOnline resources: Cover image
Contents:
The second Emancipation -- The second Reconstruction -- The Southern strategy -- Hands that pick cotton -- The counterrevolution -- Challenging the consensus -- The realignment -- The counterrevolution (II) -- Old poison, new bottles -- After Shelby.
Summary: "On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over the right to vote The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet fifty years later we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power--over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy. A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed. Through meticulous archival research, fresh interviews with the leading participants in the ongoing struggle, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Ari Berman chronicles the transformative impact the act had on American democracy and investigates how the fight over the right to vote has continued in the decades since. From new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, to cynical efforts to limit political representation by gerrymandering electoral districts, to the Supreme Court's recent stunning decision that declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act itself unconstitutional, to the efforts by the Justice Department and grassroots activists to counter these attacks, Berman tells the dramatic story of the pitched contest over the very heart of our democracy. At this important historical moment, Give Us the Ballot brings new insight to one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time"-- Provided by publisher.Summary: "On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over Americans' right to vote"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p> A New York Times Notable Book of 2015 <br> A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2015 <br> <br> Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. Give Us the Ballot tells this story for the first time.</p> <p>In this groundbreaking narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day. The act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet, fifty years later, we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power, with lawmakers devising new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.</p> <p>Berman brings the struggle over voting rights to life through meticulous archival research, in-depth interviews with major figures in the debate, and incisive on-the-ground reporting. In vivid prose, he takes the reader from the demonstrations of the civil rights era to the halls of Congress to the chambers of the Supreme Court. At this important moment in history, Give Us the Ballot provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.</p>

"On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over the right to vote The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet fifty years later we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power--over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy. A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed. Through meticulous archival research, fresh interviews with the leading participants in the ongoing struggle, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Ari Berman chronicles the transformative impact the act had on American democracy and investigates how the fight over the right to vote has continued in the decades since. From new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, to cynical efforts to limit political representation by gerrymandering electoral districts, to the Supreme Court's recent stunning decision that declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act itself unconstitutional, to the efforts by the Justice Department and grassroots activists to counter these attacks, Berman tells the dramatic story of the pitched contest over the very heart of our democracy. At this important historical moment, Give Us the Ballot brings new insight to one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time"-- Provided by publisher.

"On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over Americans' right to vote"-- Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-351) and index.

The second Emancipation -- The second Reconstruction -- The Southern strategy -- Hands that pick cotton -- The counterrevolution -- Challenging the consensus -- The realignment -- The counterrevolution (II) -- Old poison, new bottles -- After Shelby.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Prologue (p. 3)
  • 1 The Second Emancipation (p. 13)
  • 2 The Second Reconstruction (p. 39)
  • 3 The Southern Strategy (p. 65)
  • 4 Hands That Pick Cotton (p. 100)
  • 5 The Counterrevolution (p. 121)
  • 6 Challenging the Consensus (p. 159)
  • 7 The Realignment (p. 183)
  • 8 The Counterrevolution (II) (p. 207)
  • 9 Old Poison, New Bottles (p. 245)
  • 10 After Shelby (p. 286)
  • Notes (p. 315)
  • Author Interviews (p. 353)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 357)
  • Index (p. 359)

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Library Journal Review

Berman (contributing writer, The Nation; Herding Donkeys) has written the first book on the political and judicial career of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) since its original passage and subsequent successful litigation in the late 1960s. It covers the VRA's setbacks from conservative attacks up to the present day in the aftermath of Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, when part of the act was ruled unconstitutional. Most of the cases surround Section 5, which mandates federal approval of electoral laws in covered jurisdictions, almost all in the South, before going into effect. Berman also exposes at length that changes to electoral procedures intended to disenfranchise minority voters were not always prevented by the act-weakening majority-minority districts via racial gerrymandering, for instance, and more recent examples such as campaigns against voter fraud. In this way, Berman's text distinguishes itself from others that mainly assess the events leading up to and surrounding the act itself, such as Gary May's Bending Toward Justice. VERDICT General readers will appreciate the panoramic survey of the cases in which the VRA has been challenged and defended in federal and state courts and legislatures, and the fair inclusion of voices from both sides of the arguments. A timely and needed addition to the voting rights debate.-Jeffrey J. Dickens, Southern Connecticut State Univ. Libs., New Haven © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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