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

Author: Ari Berman
Publisher: New York : Picador/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Picador editionView all editions and formats
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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 in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. In this narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ari Berman
ISBN: 9781250094728 1250094720
OCLC Number: 918994693
Notes: Originally published: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Description: 372 pages ; 24 cm
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.
Responsibility: Ari Berman.

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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 in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. In this narrative history, Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the VRA and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit it from the moment the act was signed into law. The VRA is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, and yet -- more than fifty years later -- the battles over race, representation, and political power continue, as lawmakers devise new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, while the Supreme Court has declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.

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