Voting Rights on Trial (Hardcover)

A Handbook with Cases, Laws, and Documents

By Charles L. Zelden

ABC-CLIO, 9781576077948, 347pp.

Publication Date: January 11, 2002

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Paperback (9/15/2004)

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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.

About the Author

Charles L. Zelden is associate professor of history at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.