Voting Rights on Trial : A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents Hardback
Part of the On Trial series
Explores and documents the causes and effects of the long history of vote denial on American politics, culture, law, and society. The debate over who can and cannot vote has been "on trial" since the American Revolution.
Throughout U.S. history, the franchise has been awarded and denied on the basis of wealth, status, gender, ethnicity, and race.
Featuring a unique mix of analysis and documentation, Voting Rights on Trial illuminates the long, slow, and convoluted path by which vote denial and dilution were first addressed, and then defeated, in the courts. Four narrative chapters survey voting rights from colonial times to the 2000 presidential election, focus on key court cases, and examine the current voting climate.
The volume includes analysis of voting rights in the new century and their implications for future electoral contests.
The coverage concludes with selections of documents from cases discussed, relevant statutes and amendments, and other primary sources. 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 electionExcerpts of key legal documents including Reynolds v.
Sims (one person, one vote) and Bush v. Gore (debate over nationalization of voting rights)