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Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act [Book Review]

Kousser, J. Morgan (2008) Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act [Book Review]. Law and Politics Book Review, 18 (1). pp. 39-43. ISSN 1062-7421. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20130910-162442616

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Abstract

As key provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 were being considered for renewal in 2005-06, supporters and critics competed to eulogize the law. "The statute accomplished what it was beautifully designed to do: ending black disfranchisement in the Jim Crow South," cooed Abigail Thernstrom, a critic (Thernstrom 2005). It was "the twentieth century's noblest and most transformative law," George Will, a skeptic, chimed in (Will 2005). "[P]erhaps the most significant piece of legislation ever passed," enthused Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Steve Chabot, an Ohio Republican supporter (Arnold 2005).


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Additional Information:© 2008 by the author, J. Morgan Kousser. Book review of: Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the 1965 Voting Rights Act / by Brian K. Landsberg. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, 2007. 280pp. Cloth. $34.95. ISBN: 9780700615100.
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