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Title:
Voting rights on trial : a handbook with cases, laws, and documents
Author:
Zelden, Charles L., 1963-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xvii, 347 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
The strange career of voting in the United States -- The right to vote: a short history of a contested right -- Vote denial : democracy's dark secret -- The courts say no to expanded votings rights -- The fall of the all-white primary -- Victory and defeat in the lower federal courts -- The one person/one vote standard -- The Voting Rights Act of 1965, and the attack on race-based vote denial -- Vote dilution, redistricting, and the shift from at-large elections to single-member districts -- The conservative reaction to expanded voting rights -- Equal protection or equal effect? Voting rights in the Twenty-first Century -- The election the judges resolved : Bush v. Gore and the debate over the nationalization of voting in America -- Foundations : the Constitution of the United States -- The courts say no to expanded voting rights : Elk v. Wilkins and Minor v. Happersett -- The fall of the all-white primary : Smith v. Allwright -- Victory and defeat in the lower federal courts : Terry v. Adams -- The one person/one vote standard : Reynolds v. Sims -- Voting Rights Act of 1965 -- Vote dilution and the shift from at-large to single-member districts : Allen v. State Board of Elections -- The conservative reaction to expanding voting rights : dissents in Reynolds and Allen ; majority in Shaw -- The debate over nationalization of voting rights : Bush v. Gore.
ISBN:
9781576077948
Format :
Book

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Summary

Explores and documents the causes and effects of the long history of vote denial on American politics, culture, law, and society.

* A timeline giving the history of voting rights from 1619, when Virginia planters voted for the first time, to 2000, when the Supreme Court invalidated Florida's recount process, which ultimately determined the outcome of the election

* Excerpts of key legal documents including Reynolds v. Sims (one person, one vote) and Bush v. Gore (debate over nationalization of voting rights)


Author Notes

Charles L. Zelden is associate professor of history at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.


Table of Contents

Series Forewordp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Part 1
1 Introductionp. 3
The Strange Career of Voting in the United Statesp. 3
The Right to Vote: A Short History of a Contested Rightp. 8
Conclusionp. 35
References and Further Readingp. 36
2 Historical Backgroundp. 39
Vote Denial: Democracy's Dark Secretp. 39
Conclusionp. 84
References and Further Readingp. 86
3 Casesp. 89
The Courts Say No to Expanded Voting Rightsp. 93
The Fall of the All-White Primaryp. 101
Victory and Defeat in the Lower Federal Courtsp. 109
The One Person/One Vote Standardp. 119
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Attack on Race-Based Vote Denialp. 126
Vote Dilution, Redistricting, and the Shift from At-Large Elections to Single-Member Districtsp. 135
The Conservative Reaction to Expanded Voting Rightsp. 150
Conclusionp. 157
References and Further Readingp. 158
4 Impact and Legacyp. 161
Equal Protection or Equal Effect? Voting Rights in the Twenty-first Centuryp. 161
The Election the Judges Resolved: Bush v. Gore and the Debate over the Nationalization of Voting in Americap. 164
Conclusionp. 178
References and Further Readingp. 180
Part 1 Documentsp. 185
Foundations: The Constitution of the United States (1787)p. 185
The Courts Say No to Expanded Voting Rights: Elk v. Wilkins and Minor v. Happersettp. 190
The Fall of the All-White Primary: Smith v. Allwrightp. 197
Victory and Defeat in the Lower Federal Courts: Terry v. Adamsp. 202
The One Person/One Vote Standard: Reynolds v. Simsp. 214
Voting Rights Act of 1965p. 222
Vote Dilution and the Shift from At-Large to Single-Member Districts: Allen v. State Board of Electionsp. 229
The Conservative Reaction to Expanding Voting Rights: Dissents in Reynolds and Allen; Majority in Shawp. 234
The Debate over Nationalization of Voting Rights: Bush v. Gorep. 247
Key People, Laws, and Conceptsp. 267
Chronologyp. 293
Table of Casesp. 315
Annotated Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 331
About the Authorp. 349