The Voting Rights Act / Edition 1

The Voting Rights Act / Edition 1

by CQ Press
     
 

ISBN-10: 1568029896

ISBN-13: 9781568029894

Pub. Date: 12/01/2005

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into-law in 1965, he explained that "[t]his act flows from a clear and simple wrong.... Millions of Americans are denied the vote because of their color. This law will ensure them the right to vote. The wrong is one which no American, in his heart, can justify."

Now, more than forty years after the

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Then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into-law in 1965, he explained that "[t]his act flows from a clear and simple wrong.... Millions of Americans are denied the vote because of their color. This law will ensure them the right to vote. The wrong is one which no American, in his heart, can justify."

Now, more than forty years after the passage of this landmark legislation, The Voting Rights Act: Securing the Ballot, edited by Richard M. Valelly, chronicles the impact of this watershed event through the dynamic pairing of essays and primary source documents that defines CQ Press's Landmark Events in U.S. History series. The fifth volume in this award-winning collection explores these key topics: the evolution of voting rights in the United States before and after the Civil War, the disenfranchisement of African Americans after Reconstruction and the role of the states, political parties, the Supreme Court, and other institutions in that process, the efforts by civil rights and community groups, black churches, national leaders, the courts, and other organizations to restore voting rights for African Americans, the campaign for the Voting Rights Act-its development, passage, and implementation, the extensions of the act to include nonsouthern states, election rule preclearance requirements, minority officeholding, and bilingual voting assistance, the effects of the act on nonblack minorities, the place of the act in U.S. politics and the debate over its continued necessity.

Leading political, legal, and history scholars have written the insightful chapters, which are supported by more than forty related documents from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. These primary sources add a "you are there" immediacy and include constitutional amendments; Supreme Court cases; speeches by presidents, members of Congress, and civil rights leaders; personal letters; memoirs; congressional and civil rights commission testimony; and Department of Justice findings. Each document is introduced by an explanatory headnote that provides valuable context.

As with all volumes in the Landmark Events in U.S. History series, The Voting Rights Act presents a thorough and balanced treatment of a major event, including its antecedents and its continued impact on U.S. politics today. This uniquely engaging approach brings to life the historical significance of the Voting Rights Act for a wide range of readers and researchers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568029894
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
12/01/2005
Series:
Landmark Events in U. S. History Series
Pages:
394
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.88(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

List of Documentsvii
Prefaceix
Contributorsxvii
1Building African American Voting Rights in the Nineteenth Century1
2Disenfranchisement and Its Impact on the Political System21
3The Supreme Court and Black Disenfranchisement37
4Rebuilding Black Voting Rights before the Voting Rights Act57
5Making the Voting Rights Act77
6Extensions of the Voting Rights Act95
7Impact of the 'Core' Voting Rights Act on Voting and Officeholding113
8The Voting Rights Act and Its Implications for Three Nonblack Minorities129
9The Voting Rights Act and Its Discontents145
10Federal Oversight of Elections and Partisan Realignment161
Documents177
AppendixReauthorization of the 1965 Voting Rights Act: What Expires and What Does Not353
Index357

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