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Voting Rights--and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections
     

Voting Rights--and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections

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by Abigail Thernstrom, Juan Williams (Foreword by)
 

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n this provocative book, Abigail Thernstrom argues that southern resistance to black political power began a process by which the act was radically revised both for good and ill. Congress, the courts, and the Justice Department altered the statute to ensure the election of blacks and Hispanics to legislative bodies ranging from school boards and county councils to

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n this provocative book, Abigail Thernstrom argues that southern resistance to black political power began a process by which the act was radically revised both for good and ill. Congress, the courts, and the Justice Department altered the statute to ensure the election of blacks and Hispanics to legislative bodies ranging from school boards and county councils to the U.S. Congress.

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Ward Connerly
Abby Thernstrom has studied issues relating to race throughout her illustrious and academically productive career. America in Black and White, co-authored by her husband Stephan Thernstrom, is the gold standard for those who want to trace racial progress in America. Voting Rights—and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections will stand honorably alongside America in Black and White as an invaluable contribution to how Americans evolve in their thinking about race. With the election of Barack Obama and reconsideration of the Voting Rights Act, this new work of scholarly excellence could not come at a better time.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780844742724
Publisher:
Aei Press
Publication date:
06/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Ward Connerly
"Abby Thernstrom has studied issues relating to race throughout her illustrious and academically productive career. America in Black and White, co-authored by her husband Stephan Thernstrom, is the gold standard for those who want to trace racial progress in America. Voting Rights-and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections will stand honorably alongside America in Black and White as an invaluable contribution to how Americans evolve in their thinking about race. With the election of Barack Obama and reconsideration of the Voting Rights Act, this new work of scholarly excellence could not come at a better time."--(Ward Connerly, president, American Civil Rights Institute)
Shelby Steele
"Abigail Thernstrom is simply the best writer and thinker we have on voting rights in America. Voting Rights-and Wrongs, the culmination of decades of research and thinking, is the watershed book that will reframe our thinking on minorities and the vote. This book is grounded in an irony: that race-specific voting policies designed to achieve racial equality in fact perpetuate racial inequality. And now fate has conspired to reinforce Thernstrom's thesis. Barack Obama's election makes it clear that minorities can now win in a political open market. This is the book we need to understand voting rights in post-Obama America."--(Shelby Steele, Robert J. and Marion E. Oster Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution)
John McWhorter
"It has become a shibboleth of moral fiber in America to support "upholding the Voting Rights Act" as if 45 years after 1965, there are still grimy bigots waiting to bar blacks from the voting booth as soon as the Feds turn their backs. Abigail Thernstrom makes a clean argument that the Voting Rights Act is today a brake on the progress that the civil rights movement is supposed to be about."--(John McWhorter, senior fellow, Manhattan Institute)
Michael Barone
"No one is better suited to evaluate the Voting Rights Act than Abigail Thernstrom. She shows how the act successfully and rapidly eliminated barriers to voting in the 1960s--and how it has become a barrier to racial harmony today."--(Michael Barone, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute, and coauthor, co-author, The Almanac of American Politics)

Meet the Author

Abigail Thernstrom is an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, vice-chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, and a member of the board of advisers of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

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