There are many books and articles about the Civil Rights Movement, but less attention has been paid to the aftermath of the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965. In Give Us the Ballot Berman takes the reader from civil rights demonstrations to Congress and the chambers of the Supreme Court. The fight continues into the present with lawmakers devising new ways to disenfranchise minorities, redraw voting districts, and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.
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Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and a Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has been in Rolling Stone and The New York Times.He has also been a commentator on NPR and MSNBC. In 2010 he published his first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. He lives in New York City.