Give Us the Ballot

Give Us the Ballot

The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Book - 2015
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"On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over Americans' right to vote"--
"On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over the right to vote. The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 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--over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy. A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed. Through meticulous archival research, fresh interviews with the leading participants in the ongoing struggle, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Ari Berman chronicles the transformative impact the act had on American democracy and investigates how the fight over the right to vote has continued in the decades since. From new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, to cynical efforts to limit political representation by gerrymandering electoral districts, to the Supreme Court's recent stunning decision that declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act itself unconstitutional, to the efforts by the Justice Department and grassroots activists to counter these attacks, Berman tells the dramatic story of the pitched contest over the very heart of our democracy. At this important historical moment, Give Us the Ballot brings new insight to one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time"--
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780374158279
0374158274
0374711496
9780374711498
Branch Call Number: 324.62 BERMAN
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm

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May 08, 2015

[Always beware the author who parses among crimes, as in this crime isn't as serious as that serious crime, et cetera.]
This is a silly book, written by a journalist affiliated with The Nation, which has run some raggedy and pathetic and disinformational stories the past 15 years, sure to confuse any true progressive - - which is why they probably should be ignored. This book reframes the various ploys which have been used to disenfranchise citizens from voting and, as Hellen Caldicott once sagely said, voting in America is a two hundred-year-old conspiracy - - they make it as difficult as possible, and never stop doing so. [Strongly disagree with the author on the importance of the hanging chad ballot - - both the purging of the ChoicePoint lists - - on whose board of directors was both Richard Armitage and the Vietnamese-American author of the USA PATRIOT Act - - and the hanging chads, overseen by the former Mrs. Ted Olson, who perished aboard Flight 77 on 9/11/01 - - were equally damning!] What was responsible for G.W. Bush's victory? Idiotic voters who voted for him, the similarity between Bush's campaigh platform and Gore's campaign platform, and the US Supreme Court decision, litigated in Bush's favor by Ted Olson, also the litigator on behalf of Citizens United, et cetera!

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