By Ari Berman
On the 50th anniversary of the vote casting Rights Act, a riveting and alarming account of the continued conflict over the proper to vote
The adoption of the landmark balloting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised thousands of american citizens and is greatly considered as the crowning success of the civil rights move. And but fifty years later we're nonetheless struggling with heated battles over race, illustration, and political power—over the best to vote, the valuable pillar of our democracy.
A groundbreaking narrative background of balloting rights considering that 1965, Give Us the Ballottells the tale of what occurred after the act was once handed. via meticulous archival study, clean interviews with the top contributors within the ongoing fight, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Ari Berman chronicles the transformative effect the act had on American democracy and investigates how the struggle over the proper to vote has persisted within the a long time on the grounds that. From new suggestions to maintain minorities out of the vote casting sales space, to cynical efforts to restrict political illustration via gerrymandering electoral districts, to the preferrred Court's contemporary lovely selection that declared a key a part of the balloting Rights Act itself unconstitutional, to the efforts through the Justice division and grassroots activists to counter those assaults, Berman tells the dramatic tale of the pitched contest over the very center of our democracy.
At this significant old second, Give Us the Ballotbrings new perception to at least one of the main important political and civil rights problems with our time.
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19 The final category includes one instance in which candidates, rather than volunteers, canvassed voters. 20 Precincts were randomly assigned to three experimental groups: one to be walked by the candidate, one to be walked by campaign volunteers, and a control group. As this list of sites makes apparent, these experiments were conducted in a wide array of political and demographic settings. The precincts canvassed in Detroit were largely African American, whereas canvassers in Columbus and Eugene rarely encountered nonwhites.
We have not studied these tactics directly, so there is more uncertainty about whether they work. Use your judgment when making the leap from our research findings to analogous situations that your campaign may encounter. In order to help you to keep track of the uncertainty surrounding each of the lessons learned from the experimental studies, we have created a simple rating system. ★★★ A three-star rating indicates that the finding is based on experiments involving large numbers of voters and that the GOTV tactic has been tested by different groups in a variety of sites.
Canvassing scripts have emphasized neighborhood solidarity, ethnic solidarity, civic duty, and the closeness of the election. 23 Although we cannot rule out the possibility that these variations in message and presentation make some difference, the effects seem to be so small that none of the studies was able to detect them reliably. And when we look across the dozens of canvassing experiments, the campaigns that were strictly nonpartisan were neither more nor less effective on average than the campaigns that organized around an issue or a candidate.
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman