The Right to Vote: Rights and Liberties Under the Law

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ABC-CLIO, 2004 - Law - 453 pages

The Right to Vote: Rights and Liberties under the Law tracks the expansion of the franchise in America from colonial times to the present. Opening with a case study establishing the importance of access to the ballot, the main emphasis shifts to pivotal points in American history including the hard-fought struggles for women's suffrage and racial equality.

A chapter on 21st-century voting rights addresses the most unsettled issue we face today--the use of majority-minority districts to enhance the political influence of African Americans and Latinos. A parting look at free and fair elections and the 2000 presidential election debacle shows how votes not counted or improperly credited can make a mockery of the democratic process.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Origins
33
3 TwentiethCentury Issues
141
4 TwentyFirst Century Issues
259
5 Key People Cases and Events
311
6 Documents
347
Chronology
389
Table of Cases
403
Annotated Bibliography
407
Index
435
About the Author
453
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About the author (2004)

Donald Grier Stephenson, Jr. is Charles A. Dana Professor of Government at Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. His published works include ABC-CLIO's The Waite Court: Justices, Rulings, and Legacy.

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