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Bending toward justice : the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy

Author: Gary May
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 granted African Americans the right to vote, it seemed as if a new era of political equality was at hand. Before long, however, white segregationists across the South counterattacked, driving their black countrymen from the polls through a combination of sheer terror and insidious devices such as complex literacy tests and expensive poll taxes. Most African Americans would remain  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary May
ISBN: 9780465018468 0465018467
OCLC Number: 815043435
Description: xxi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Prologue: The most powerful instrument --
Planting the first seed --
An ideal place --
"Give us the ballot!" --
Nothing can stop us --
To the promised land --
The die is cast --
Breaking down injustice --
Where the votes are --
The struggle of a lifetime.
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Celebrated historian May describes how activists surmounted long-standing obstacles for the African-American vote, overcoming centuries of bigotry to secure--and preserve--the right of black citizens  Read more...

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The Washington Post "[An] exemplary account of the landmark law... May moves nimbly through the swirl of events that led to the Voting Rights Act." New York Review of Books "May's eminently readable Read more...

 
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