Cal. Litig. 2017, Volume 30, Number 3

Book Review of Give Us The Ballot: The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman

Reviewed by Marc Alexander

The title of Ari Berman’s riveting book about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and its aftermath, Give Us The Ballot, comes from words spoken by Martin Luther King Jr. in major civil rights speeches delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in 1957 and later in Selma. Dr. King also famously adopted the precept, "the arc of the moral

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universe is long, but it bends toward justice." However, in the case of voting rights for which Dr. King fought, the arc looks more like a sine wave, curving up and down. The history of voting rights in the United States is gnarly and twisted, periodically bending to political forces.

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