The Voting Rights Act: Historical Context and Associated Issues and Trends

Harvey Parish (Editor)

Series: Congressional Policies, Practices and Procedures
BISAC: LAW108000

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The Voting Rights Act (VRA) is a landmark federal law enacted in 1965 to remove race-based restrictions on voting. It is perhaps the country’s most important voting rights law, with a history that dates to the Civil War. After that conflict ended, a number of constitutional amendments were adopted that addressed the particular circumstances of freed slaves, including the Fifteenth Amendment that guaranteed the right to vote for all U.S. citizens regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

This book provides background information on the historical circumstances that led to the adoption of the VRA, a summary of its major provisions, and a brief discussion of the U.S. Supreme Court decision and related legislation in the 113th Congress. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1 - The Voting Rights Act of 1965: Background and Overview (pp. 1-26)
Kevin J. Coleman

Chapter 2 - Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview (pp. 27-42)
L. Paige Whitaker

Chapter 3 - African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2012 (pp. 43-98)
Jennifer E. Manning and Colleen J. Shogan

Chapter 4 - Opening Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee. Hearing on "The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945: Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder'' (pp. 99-102)

Chapter 5 - Statement of Francys Johnson, President, Georgia State Conference of NAACP Branches. Hearing on ''The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945: Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder'' (pp. 103-110)

Chapter 6 - Testimony of Michael A. Carvin, Partner, Jones Day. Hearing on ''The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945: Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder'' (pp. 111-120)

Chapter 7 - Testimony of Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Hearing on 'The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945: Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder'' (pp. 121-148)

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