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The Modern Struggle To Vote

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On March 7, 1965, civil rights protesters attempted a march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, the state capital, to draw attention to the voting rights issue. (https://bit.ly/2P9urXb)

Monday, we’re talking about the modern struggle to vote in America. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was meant to enfranchise racial minorities long denied the ballot. But has it really worked out like that?

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Monday, we’re talking about the modern struggle to vote in America. When it was passed in 1965 the Voting Rights Act was meant to enfranchise racial minorities long denied the ballot. But has it really worked out like that? Not according to investigative journalist Ari Berman. Having studied the past 50 years of electoral history, Berman says that a “committed group of counterrevolutionaries” have fought to undermine the VRA and shatter the achievements of the civil rights movement.

Ari Berman is a senior reporter for Mother Jones and a reporting fellow for the Nation Institute, the media non-profit associated with the Nation magazine. He's the author of the book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].