Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Give Us the Ballot The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement And yet fifty years later we a

  • Title: Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
  • Author: Ari Berman Tom Zingarelli
  • ISBN: 9781494566128
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Audio CD
  • The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement And yet fifty years later we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy A groundbreaking narrative historThe adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement And yet fifty years later we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed Through meticulous archival research, fresh interviews with the leading participants in the ongoing struggle, and incisive on the ground reporting, Ari Berman chronicles the transformative impact the act had on American democracy and investigates how the fight over the right to vote 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 districts, to the Supreme Court s recent stunning decision that declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act itself unconstitutional, Berman tells the dramatic story of the pitched contest over the very heart of our democracy At this important historical moment, Give Us the Ballot brings new insight to one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

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    1. Ari Berman Tom Zingarelli

      Ari Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a Reporting Fellow at The Nation Institute Business Insider named Berman one of the 50 most influential political pundits in the US He s written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics His stories have also appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Politico and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, NPR and C Span He s lectured extensively around the country, including at the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court.His new book, Give Us the Ballot The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was published in August 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and in paperback by Picador It was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, the Boston Globe and Kirkus Reviews Give Us the Ballot was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction and a nominee for the American Library Association s Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence Writing in the Washington Post, Congressman John Lewis called the book a must read and a primer for every American Berman s first book, Herding Donkeys The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux He graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science.

    572 thoughts on “Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America”

    1. If you weren’t already in complete despair after reading Dark Money, this should finish the job. Detailed history of Republican actions since the early nineties to restrict voting rights, and the conservative Supreme Court’s support for those changes.The first half of the book is encouraging, as it details the creation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. John Lewis is a central and continuing character. This is one area where LBJ shines, despite first saying the VRA wasn’t in the cards right [...]


    2. An excellent description of the history of the Voting Rights Act and the profound threats facing the rights for all eligible citizens to vote. While it can be a depressing read, especially if the reader lived through the civil and voting rights battles of the 1960s, this is a book that demands reading as the movement to restrict voting rights continues to gain momentum. I recommend it highly.


    3. Should be mandatory reading for everyone in advance of voting this election cycle. Key takeaway: TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EARLY VOTING!


    4. Our Founding Fathers, in their wisdom, realizing that true democracy was both unrealistic and unworkable, chose as the model of our government a republic, whereby power resides in elected representatives given authority by the citizenry that elected them. Under this model of government, the most vital and important tool is the Vote.History is awash in the blood of patriots who have fought and died for the Vote, and yet, today, sixteen years into the 21st century, forces are continually at work t [...]


    5. Very well researched book on the recent history of voter suppression. It begins with the passage of the Voter Rights Act in 1965 and continues up until the Obama administration.Many of the stories of voter suppression of blacks in the South are disgusting. Remedies were proposed and often were supported by both parties. Somewhere along the line, Republicans realized that with changing demographics, they couldn't win elections without cheating. Assaults on the VRA followed, along with gerrymander [...]


    6. This book is about the Voting Rights Act, enacted in 1965 to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. The VRA was amended in 1970, 1975, 1982 and 2006. While the original intention of the Act was to ensure minorities would be able to register AND vote in elections, it has been manipulated by politicians (and lawyers), resulting in rules and regulations that left many people unable to vote in recent elections. Ari Berman provides a historical look at the VRA, from the Civil Rights movement and t [...]


    7. So. many. highlights. An exhaustive (but not entirely exhausting) review of voting rights in America. Berman covers the struggles, the triumphs, and the utter frustration as successive administrations build momentum to curtail voting rights starting with the Reagan administration and ultimately striking down Section 5 of the VRA in 2013. Berman sprinkles some choice hyperbole throughout, like personal favorites: "Von Spakovsky's unusual name, which sounded like a nineteenth-century Austrian vill [...]


    8. Berman says that the 1965 Voting Rights Amendment spawned an equally committed group of counterrevolutionaries. Since the V.R.A.’s passage, they have waged a decades-long campaign to restrict voting right. Berman argues that these counterrevolutionaries have in recent years controlled a majority on the Supreme Court and have set their sights on undoing the accomplishment of the 1960s Civil Rights movement.Berman explores how the debate over voting rights for the past 50 years has been a debate [...]


    9. This is not an easy read, either in terms of length or content. It's more of a textbook than a thriller, but it's exactly the textbook I wanted on the modern history of the right to vote and of the sustained attack on that right. If I could send one book right now to everyone I know with any political interest, this would be the one.


    10. After the President-Elect's comments about voter fraud, I can think of few issues more important for all citizens to understand. This book is essential reading for those concerned about voting rights.



    11. This book is an onslaught. Berman, in meticulous detail, walks the reader through the history of the fight surrounding voting rights in modern times. From the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 up through the present day, he follows the ups and downs of the movement to secure the rights supposedly guaranteed by the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. I think this book will make you angry…real angry. But it might leave you with hope too. And it certainly will give you story after story o [...]


    12. "This act flows from a clear and simple wrong. Its only purpose is to right that wrong. Millions of Americans are denied the right to 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. The right is one which no American, true to our principles, can deny.”- President Lyndon B. Johnson, during the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965"The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have."- Congressman John [...]


    13. The Nation's Ari Berman narrates the story of the Voting Rights Act since its adoption under the height of Great Society legislation and in the wake of the Blood Sunday March to recent attempts by the Supreme Court to adopt a more restrictive interpretation of the law's scope, effectively, the author argues, freeing the Tea Party-controlled governments of the Old Confederacy from federal oversight and accelerating a pattern of restricting the right to vote not seen since the end of Reconstructio [...]


    14. Mr. Berman's book started off as an entertaining read. In the opening chapters, the reader was provided with a thorough history of voting rights, covering freedom summer, SNCC, and Selma. Initially, I was hooked. After 200 pages, my interest took a precipitous fall. While the book was very engaging at the start, it became long-winded and I lost interest. Voting rights is a critical issue, and Mr. Berman did a great job providing a historical context, but he lost me 3/4 the way through. Ultimatel [...]


    15. The things you take for granted from a position of white privilege are legion. Like, you think that the Voting Rights Act took care of all that nastiness. No. A very dedicated group of people have been working to undermine it since the moment it was passed. And while most of us haven't been looking - they've been quite effective. I often felt nauseous while reading this.


    16. Voter suppression, in various forms, has been with us since the founding of our nation and it does not appear to be going away any time soon. Americans have used poll taxes, literacy tests, shortened registration periods, intimidation, murder, limited polling stations in "undesirable" districts, and a variety of other means to make it harder for certain kinds of people to vote. In short, we're very good at making certain disenfranchising practices legal, even though they conflict with the ideals [...]


    17. I had no idea of all the ways people could be disenfranchised. And this is still happening now. This is not just a 1960s, Dr. Martin Luther King civil rights issue. We need to keep fighting this. It's appalling to think that there are people out there who are willing to keep others from voting in order to gain power. The vote is so fundamental. It should not be infringed for any reason. Every person's vote counts, no matter who they are voting for or why.Giving this book 4 stars instead of 5 bec [...]


    18. This book outlines in detail the important Voting Rights Act of 1965 that all Americans should be aware of. Ari Berman does a great job of collecting the important history of civil rights and the voting suffrage for minorities since 1965. I now have a comprehensive understanding of poll taxes, literacy tests, gerrymandering, and other methods used to suppress American voters. These things effect us all and have a dramatic impact on our politics and justice rulings.


    19. Everyone should read this book. It thoroughly and movingly chronicles the effort to enfranchise minorities through voting rights since the passage of the Voting Rights Acts in 1965, and the immediate and iterative ways in which conservatives have tried to roll back, dilute and suppress the participation of minorities in our electoral process. It is equal parts shocking and educational, demonstrating the complexity of this country, and the complex dance between federal and local soverigntly, and [...]


    20. This book was incredibly difficult to listen to because it is so upsetting. Voting rights are being systematically taken away through voter suppression and disenfranchising. Important but frustrating information to take in. Let's hope people are upset enough to get out and vote.


    21. This is a strikingly tragic story of the fight for the black vote and then a systematic gutting of the VRA by the right. And the galling thing is that they did in the name of equality and justice. This is yet another story of the far right adopting and coopting the language of civil rights to fight directly against it and how "voter fraud" came to represent the overplayed boogeyman that allowed for the disenfranchisement of minority voters across the south.


    22. This is essentially a maddening history of voting rights in the US after the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. One should be well versed in the history of slavery, the Civil War, passage of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, Reconstruction, and the aftermath of the Era of Jim Crow laws and continued discrimination right up to 1965 before attempting to read this detailed accounting. Fortunately, the 13 page Preface lays a good groundwork for the reader. Berman refers to the passage of th [...]


    23. 6 stars. IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE MINORITIES IN YOUR COUNTRY, THIS IS A MUST READHow did some humans go about stealing the vote from black people year after year, decade after decade, and century after century? The answer is there are so many ways and many of those ways are occurring right now under our noses. You owe it the minorities in your country to inform yourself about the various practices that are sneakily disguised as reasonable actions but are in reality horrific civil rights violations. [...]


    24. Unfortunately tedious read on a subject people don't know about. With the Voting Rights Act under fire and constant stories of electoral fraud (voters, machine glitches, lines cut off, names incorrect on ballot sheets, etc.), voting and the struggle to increase its accessibility has been a constant struggle. This book was supposed to trace the the US from the VRA to modern times, looking at the civil rights movements, political developments, the struggles and more. Unfortunately, it's really har [...]



    25. This thorough and painstakingly researched accounting of the struggle for black voting rights in the modern era makes a powerful case. Not only is that struggle far from over: its enemies have only become more emboldened and creative in devising ways to push those rights back, from vote caging to photo ID laws and that old chestnut, gerrymandering. Berman reports all of this with restrained objectivity, but the undeniable thesis -- that the right to vote is as unstable and under attack for many [...]


    26. The big picture is that preserving voting rights for minorities is an ongoing battle. This is important in light of recent Supreme Court tendencies and decisions that are geared to dismantle gains made thanks to previous judicial intervention. Since the passing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, there have been factions trying to disrupt its implementation while others have sought more vigorous application of its provisions. Berman certainly captures that part of the narrative well, unfortunately [...]


    27. I wanted to read this book after hearing Ari Berman speak at the 2015 Texas Book Festival. I was not disappointed---the book was great---but Iwasappalled. We have clearly lost ground in the struggle for voting rights since 1965. A must-read for this election year.



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