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The Resource Bending toward justice : the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy, Gary May

Bending toward justice : the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy, Gary May

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Bending toward justice : the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy
Title
Bending toward justice
Title remainder
the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy
Statement of responsibility
Gary May
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Language
eng
Summary
When the Fifteenth Amendment of 1870 granted African Americans the right to vote, it seemed as if a new era of political equality was at hand. Before long, however, white segregationists across the South counterattacked, driving their black countrymen from the polls through a combination of sheer terror and insidious devices such as complex literacy tests and expensive poll taxes. Most African Americans would remain voiceless for nearly a century more, citizens in name only until the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act secured their access to the ballot. In this book, the author a historian describes how black voters overcame centuries of bigotry to secure and preserve one of their most important rights as American citizens. The struggle that culminated in the passage of the Voting Rights Act was long and torturous, and only succeeded because of the courageous work of local freedom fighters and national civil rights leaders, as well as, ironically, the opposition of Southern segregationists and law enforcement officials, who won public sympathy for the voting rights movement by brutally attacking peaceful demonstrators. But while the Voting Rights Act represented an unqualified victory over such forces of hate, the author explains that its achievements remain in jeopardy. Many argue that the 2008 election of President Barack Obama rendered the act obsolete, yet recent years have seen renewed efforts to curb voting rights and deny minorities the act's hard-won protections. Legal challenges to key sections of the act may soon lead the Supreme Court to declare those protections unconstitutional
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DLC
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1944-
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May, Gary
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • African Americans
  • United States.
  • Minorities
  • Election law
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Bending toward justice : the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy, Gary May
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 314 pages
Isbn
9780465018468
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012039652
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)815043435
Label
Bending toward justice : the Voting Rights Act and the transformation of American democracy, Gary May
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-301) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xix, 314 pages
Isbn
9780465018468
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012039652
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)815043435

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