|Pages/Publication Date:||384 / 2016|
The Voting Rights Act is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement, and yet—more than fifty years later—the battles over race, representation, and political power continue, as lawmakers devise new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, while the Supreme Court has declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In this National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, Ari Berman offers a comprehensive history of this landmark legislation, and provides new insight into one of the most galvanizing political and civil rights issues of our time.
"This is the best kind of popular history—literate, passionate, and persuasive, balancing detail with accessibility."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[This book] should become a primer for every American.... It is long overdue, but Berman's extensive reporting makes it well worth the wait."—John Lewis