a book by Ari Berman, published in 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. It is a history of the voting rights movement in the United States from the 1950s to 2013, with a focus on the 1965 Voting Rights Act and its subsequent weakening.
The book opens with a discussion of the history of voting rights in America, tracing them back to the Founding Fathers. It then chronicles the struggle for voting rights from the Civil War to the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. finally, it discusses the Supreme Court's decision in Shelby County v. Holder, which weakened the Voting Rights Act, and describes how this has led to new restrictions on voting in many states.
Overall, Give Us the Ballot is a well-researched and engaging history of the voting rights movement in America. It is suitable for both academic and general audiences.
What would you do if the suffrage was taken from your hands? In 1965, blacks were finally given their voting rights. This landmark event marked a turning point in American history and gave hope to many that future generations could be better treated than before; but today it seems like there's always something standing between us: race relations or politics at large--often both factors play important roles when trying to achieve progress on this issue
Why does giving black people access satisfy some deep-seated need for revenge against society as whole?"
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- -The Voting Rights Act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as a key achievement of the civil rights movement.
- -Fifty years later, however, battles over voting rights are still being waged across the country.
- -Ari Berman's Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the Act was passed, through meticulous research, interviews with key participants, and on-the-ground reporting.
- -The book chronicles the transformative impact the Act had on American democracy, and investigates how the fight over voting rights 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