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The fight to vote

Author: Michael Waldman; Joe Barrett
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Audio, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.; UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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Michael Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on "the consent of the governed." From the beginning, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought to right to vote, others have fought to stop them. This is the first book to trace the full story from the founders' debates to today's challenges: a wave of restrictive voting  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Waldman; Joe Barrett
ISBN: 9781515902164 1515902161
OCLC Number: 941003814
Notes: Title from container.
Compact discs.
Performer(s): Read by Joe Barrett.
Description: 8 audio discs (approximately 9.5 hr.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: The founding. "The consent of the governed" ; "Who are to be the electors?" --
The rise and fall of American democracy. Young America ; "Sheet anchor" ; "The bullet and the ballot" ; The gilded age --
The twentieth century. The age of reform ; Silent sentinels ; "One person, one vote" ; Walls of Jericho --
The modern fight to vote. Lost decade ; Marching backwards ; Five to four ; 2016 ; A democracy moment.
Responsibility: Michael Waldman.

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Michael Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on "the consent of the governed." From the beginning, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought to right to vote, others have fought to stop them. This is the first book to trace the full story from the founders' debates to today's challenges: a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United. Americans are proud of our democracy. But today that system seems to be under siege, and the right to vote has become the fight to vote. In fact, that fight has always been at the heart of our national story, and raucous debates over how to expand democracy have always been at the center of American politics. At first only a few property owners could vote. Over two centuries, working class white men, former slaves, women, and finally all Americans won the right to vote. The story goes well beyond voting rules to issues of class, race, political parties, and campaign corruption. It's been raw, rowdy, a fierce, and often rollicking struggle for power. Waldman's The Fight to Vote is a compelling story of our struggle to uphold our most fundamental democratic ideals.

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