Voting Rights Since 1965

WED, SEP 2, 2015 (56:56)

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. Berman’s latest book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, gives a groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965. 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, to the efforts by the Justice Department and grassroots activists to counter these attacks, Berman tells the dramatic story of the pitched contest over the very heart of our democracy. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t)

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Ari Berman is a political correspondent for _The Nation_ and an investigative journalism Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has also appeared in _The New York Times_ and_ Rolling Stone_, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and NPR. Follow in on Twitter: @ariberman Berman is the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics.

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