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A Voting Rights Odyssey

A Voting Rights Odyssey
Black Enfranchisement in Georgia

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  • Date Published: April 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521011792

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  • A Voting Rights Odyssey is the story of the efforts of the white leadership in Georgia to maintain white supremacy by denying blacks the right to vote and hold elected office. Narrated chronologically, most of the story is told by those who participated; from Alexander H. Stephens, Vice President of the Confederacy, to Carl Sanders, Governor of Georgia, to Emma Gresham, Mayor of Keysville in rural Burke County.

    • Comprehensive story from slavery to modern times of the heroic struggle by blacks in Georgia for equal voting rights
    • The book allows the actual participants in unfolding events, black and white, to tell the story in their own words, not just the high profile leaders
    • Puts the major events of the movement in historical context, and discusses voting rights legislation and litigation in a way interesting to the lay reader
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Pulls no punches. . . A valuable addition to civil rights history." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    "...accessible and engaging to all readers...This third person history reflects the choice of an unassuming, thoughtful lawyer who possesses a courtly deference to others as the real heroes of good deeds." Southern Changes

    "Laughlin writes with a historians breadth of knowledge and mastery of research, an advocate's passion and the acute perceptions of a veteran participant in civil rights litigation." Columbia College Today

    "...helps explain why Georgia's redistributing battles have become so befuddling." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    ..."McDonald's stories evoke drama, as when he relates how Georgia's white supremacist legislature expelled Julian Bond, a black, from the Statehouse in 1965 after Bond was elected to the House. McDonald's expertise as a lawyer is evident throughout the book. His story's larger point is that legislatures can't always be counted on to do the right thing. Blacks won freedom, for the most part, in the courts. In telling his adopted state's story, McDonald finds hope."...Is Knight-Ridder Newspapers, 11/23/2003

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    • Date Published: April 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521011792
    • length: 264 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.347kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The voting rights act of 1965: a great divide
    2. After the civil war: recreating 'the white man's Georgia'
    3. The dawning of a new day: abolition of the white primary
    4. Passage of the civil rights act of 1957: the white response
    5. One person, one vote: the end of the county unit system and the malapportioned legislature and congressional delegation
    6. The election code of 1964: twilight of the county unit legislature
    7. The voting rights scene outside the golden dome
    8. The voting rights act: how it works
    9. Increased black registration: the white response
    10. 1970 extension of the voting rights act: more white resistance
    11. The 1975 extension of the voting rights act: the private enforcement campaign
    12. Redistricting in the 1980s
    13. 1982: voting rights in the balance
    14. Continued enforcement of the voting rights act
    15. The demise of Georgia's nineteenth-century voter registration system: taking stock of the impact of the voting rights act
    16. Recreating the past: the challenge to the majority vote requirement
    17. The white backlash: redistricting in the 1990s
    18. Keysville, Georgia - a voting rights crusade.

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    Laughlin McDonald, American Civil Liberties Union, Atlanta

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