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    Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy

    Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy - Gary May

    The award-winning author of The Informant traces the efforts of activists who defeated period efforts to prevent African-American citizens from exercising their voting rights after the Fifteenth Amendment, citing illicit practices of bullying, literacy testing, poll taxing and property requirements.
    Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

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

    Recounts the transformation of American democracy after the 1965 passage of the Voting Rights Act and discusses how a half-century later the issues of race, representation and political power are just as heated as ever before.
    The Fight to Vote

    The Fight to Vote - Michael Waldman

    The president of a nonpartisan law and policy institute at NYU describes the fight for the right to vote and the historical, and ongoing, efforts by some to make voting difficult for the elderly, the poor, and the young.
    The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents

    The Swing Vote: The Untapped Power of Independents - Linda Killian

    An impassioned call to Independent voters states that 40% of Americans currently identify themselves as Independents, arguing that swing voters have determined every election since World War II and have the ability to reclaim power from a broken partisan system.
    The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice

    The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice - Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

    The Voting Rights War tells the story of the ongoing struggle to achieve voting equality through 100 years of work by the NAACP at the Supreme Court. From Plessy v. Ferguson through today’s conflicts around voter suppression, the book highlights the challenges facing African American voters and the work of the NAACP.
    The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

    The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote - Elaine Weiss

    An uplifting account of the 1920 ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted voting rights to women traces the culmination of seven decades of legal battles and cites the pivotal contributions of famous suffragists and political leaders.
    Vote First or Die: The New Hampshire Primary: America's Discerning, Magnificent, and Absurd Road to the White House

    Vote First or Die: The New Hampshire Primary: America's Discerning, Magnificent, and Absurd Road to the White House - Scott Conroy

    Following the 2016 campaign up and down the state of New Hampshire, a colorful, behind-the-scenes journey through the past and present of the legendary, first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, reveals the workings of America presidential politics at the point in the campaign when the White House is still a distant dream.
    When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That are Transforming Our World

    When We Fight, We Win: Twenty-First-Century Social Movements and the Activists That are Transforming Our World - Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte

    Interweaving interviews with today's most successful activists with narrative recountings of strategies and campaigns from around the country, a stunning celebration of an extraordinary decade of activism and reform documents the stories, philosophies, tactics and art of today's leading social-change movements.




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