Give Us the Ballot

Give Us the Ballot

The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Book - 2015 | First edition, 2015.
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"Countless books have been written about the civil rights movement, but far less attention has been paid to what happened after the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965 and the turbulent forces it unleashed. Give us the ballot tells this story for the first time."-- Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition: First edition, 2015.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780374158279
Branch Call Number: 324.620973 BERMA
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 24 cm


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May 08, 2015

[Always beware the author who parses among crimes, as in this crime isn't as serious as that serious crime, et cetera.]
This is a silly book, written by a journalist affiliated with The Nation, which has run some raggedy and pathetic and disinformational stories the past 15 years, sure to confuse any true progressive - - which is why they probably should be ignored. This book reframes the various ploys which have been used to disenfranchise citizens from voting and, as Hellen Caldicott once sagely said, voting in America is a two hundred-year-old conspiracy - - they make it as difficult as possible, and never stop doing so. [Strongly disagree with the author on the importance of the hanging chad ballot - - both the purging of the ChoicePoint lists - - on whose board of directors was both Richard Armitage and the Vietnamese-American author of the USA PATRIOT Act - - and the hanging chads, overseen by the former Mrs. Ted Olson, who perished aboard Flight 77 on 9/11/01 - - were equally damning!] What was responsible for G.W. Bush's victory? Idiotic voters who voted for him, the similarity between Bush's campaigh platform and Gore's campaign platform, and the US Supreme Court decision, litigated in Bush's favor by Ted Olson, also the litigator on behalf of Citizens United, et cetera!

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