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

by Berman, Ari,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2015
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2015
An NPR Best Book of 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Even as the nation was recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march for equal rights in Selma, Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court was rolling back protections under the Voting Rights Act. The voting rights law eliminated poll taxes, literacy tests, and other efforts to disenfranchise minority voters. Berman analyzes the voting rights revolution in the South in the 1960s and the more recent counterrevolution across the nation to remove protections that conservatives see as promoting minority representation. Berman notes that since the election of the nation's first black president and the rise of the Tea Party, Republican legislators have introduced 180 bills in 41 states to restrict access to the ballot. The efforts have included tactics that on their face appear to be race-neutral (disenfranchising ex-felons, mandating government-issued ID cards, curtailing early voting) but have a disproportionately negative impact on minorities. This is a keen examination of the troubled history of challenges to the most basic right of U.S. citizenship.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Berman provides the definitive history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, from its inception to the present. He keenly traces the politically motivated reasons to weaken the VRA and racial overtones that remain in efforts to eliminate it. Reader Zingarelli proves a perfect choice for this production. With a deep, aged voice, his narration commands attention and keeps listeners apace throughout. He captures hints of Berman's tone and emotion and skillfully adjusts timing, pace, and emphasis to draw out some of the more dramatic elements of the narrative. A Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects United States. -- Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Suffrage -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
Minorities -- Suffrage -- United States.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 372 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 315-355) and index.
ISBN 9780374158279
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