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On the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act comes this riveting and alarming account of the continuing battle over the right to vote.

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The adoption of the landmark Voting Rights Act in 1965 enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet fifty years later we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power—over the right to vote, the central pillar of our democracy.

A groundbreaking narrative history of voting rights since 1965, Give Us the Ballot tells the story of what happened after the act was passed. Through meticulous archival research, fresh interviews with the leading participants in the ongoing struggle, and incisive on-the-ground reporting, Ari Berman chronicles the transformative impact the act had on American democracy and investigates how the fight over the right to vote has continued in the decades since. From new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth, to cynical efforts to limit political representation by gerrymandering electoral districts, to the Supreme Court's recent stunning decision that declared a key part of the Voting Rights Act itself unconstitutional, Berman tells the dramatic story of the pitched contest over the very heart of our democracy. At this important historical moment, Give Us the Ballot brings new insight to one of the most vital political and civil rights issues of our time.

"Reader Zingarelli proves a perfect choice for this production. With a deep, aged voice, his narration commands attention and keeps listeners apace throughout." ---Publishers Weekly Audio Review

"Not just a compelling history, but a cry for help in the recurring struggle to gain what is supposed to be an inalienable right." ---Kirkus Starred Review

"[L]iterate, passionate, and persuasive, balancing detail with accessibility." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"This is a keen examination of the troubled history of challenges to the most basic right of U.S. citizenship." ---Booklist

"A timely and needed addition to the voting rights debate." ---Library Journal Starred Review


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Give Us the Ballot

The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America

Author Ari Berman

Narrated by Tom Zingarelli

Publication date Aug 4, 2015

Running time 12 hrs 5 min

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