Along Racial Lines (Studies in Law and Politics Series): Consequences of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

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Along Racial Lines fully explores the legislative and legal history, scope, impact, and implications of voting rights law in the United States, David Michael Hudson examines the history, of minority elective franchise since the Constitution, explaining legislative changes while focusing on the actions and impacts of the courts. The work concentrates on court interpretations of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its amendments. To give readers a greater understanding of the effects of the act, the author plunges deeply into the history, society, and lives of three communities, representing each of three major American minority groups. The story of Dallas, Texas, tells of the struggle of blacks for representation in city government The story of Dade County, Florida, depicts the power of voter participation as Hispanic immigrants assumed political control. Finally, the history of the Navajo Reservation in Arizona portrays enhancements to the political influence of the largest Native American tribe in North America.
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Argues that the effect of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and its subsequent extensions and ramifications has been to fragment American society into special interest minority groups with little impetus to create a "melting pot" culture. The author follows each step of the legislation, the debates, and the reshaping of the statute by the federal courts. He then describes its impact in three case studies of African-Americans in Dallas, Texas; Hispanics in Miami, Florida; and Native Americans on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820439228
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Series: Studies in Law and Politics, #2
  • Pages: 273

Table of Contents

List of Figures
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Voting Rights - The Issues 5
Ch. 2 Voting Rights and The Constitution 9
Ch. 3 History 15
Ch. 4 Voting Rights Act of 1965 53
Ch. 5 The Amendments of 1970 81
Ch. 6 The Amendments of 1975 109
Ch. 7 The Amendments of 1982 137
Ch. 8 The Unraveling? 211
Ch. 9 Conclusions 221
References 235
Case References 239
Notes 243
Index 269
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