A Voting Rights Odyssey: Black Enfranchisement in Georgia

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 27, 2003 - Law - 254 pages
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From slavery to the white backlash of the 1990s, A Voting Rights Odyssey is a riveting account of the crusade for equal voting rights in Georgia. Written by a veteran civil rights lawyer the book draws upon expert reports and other court records, as well as trial testimony and interviews with the men and women who served as plaintiffs and witnesses in litigation that helped forge a revolution in voting rights. The book explores, and repudiates, the myths of the Reconstruction era that blacks were incapable of voting and holding office. It also catalogues the attempts of the state leadership to maintain white supremacy after the abolition of the white primary, the demands of the Civil Rights Movement, and passage of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. A must read for anyone interested in the way in which race has driven and distorted the political process in the South.
 

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Contents

Recreating the White Mans Georgia
15
Abolition of the White Primary
45
The White Response
60
The End of the County Unit System
80
The Voting Rights Scene Outside the Golden Dome
103
How It Works
124
More White
139
The Private
153
1z Redistricting in the 1980s
167
Continued Enforcement of the Voting Rights Act
182
The Challenge to the MajorityVote
198
Redistricting in the 1990s
211
Keysville Georgia A Voting Rights Crucible
238
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