The Right to Vote: Rights and Liberties Under the Law
ABC-CLIO, 2004 - 453 halaman
The Right to Vote: Rights and Liberties under the Law tracks the expansion of the franchise in America from colonial times to the present. Opening with a case study establishing the importance of access to the ballot, the main emphasis shifts to pivotal points in American history including the hard-fought struggles for women's suffrage and racial equality.
A chapter on 21st-century voting rights addresses the most unsettled issue we face today--the use of majority-minority districts to enhance the political influence of African Americans and Latinos. A parting look at free and fair elections and the 2000 presidential election debacle shows how votes not counted or improperly credited can make a mockery of the democratic process.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they
are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these
are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, ...
So, the American identity is ideological. It consists of faith in the value and
importance of liberty for each individual. Nonetheless, a longstanding consensus
among Americans on the principle that individual liberty is essential, highly
that is, to temper together these opposite elements of liberty and restraint in one
consistent work, requires much thought; deep reflection; a sagacious, powerful,
and combining mind.” Second, the Constitution does not define the freedoms that
Some have called the right to vote “the first liberty” in that it is foundational for all
other rights (Chute 1969). The denotation of those who have access to the ballot
goes far in determining those persons who matter politically. A narrow franchise ...
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