Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

By | January 17, 2018
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America Author Ari Berman
ISBN-10 1250094720
ISBN-13 9781250094728
Year 2016-08-02
Pages 384
Language English
Publisher Picador
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A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist NonfictionNamed a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times Book Review and The Washington PostNamed a Best Book of the Year by NPR The Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction 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 groundbreaking 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 yetmore than fifty years laterthe 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 Through meticulous research in depth interviews and incisive on the ground reporting Give Us the Ballot offers the first comprehensive history of its kind and provides new insight into one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time

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