Stolen justice : the struggle for African-American voting rights / Lawrence Goldstone ; foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr

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Material Type
Book
Author
Goldstone, Lawrence, 1947-
Publication Info.
New York : Scholastic Focus, 2020.

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Edition
First edition.
Description
xxx, 257 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Audience
Ages 12+.
Grades 9-12.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 225- 231) and index.
Summary
"Following the Civil War, the Reconstruction era raised a new question to those in power in the US: Should African Americans, so many of them former slaves, be granted the right to vote? In a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution, the answer eventually became yes, though only after two constitutional amendments, two Reconstruction Acts, two Civil Rights Acts, three Enforcement Acts, the impeachment of a president, and an army of occupation. Yet, even that was not enough to ensure that African American voices would be heard, or their lives protected. White supremacists loudly and intentionally prevented black Americans from voting -- and they were willing to kill to do so. In this vivid portrait of the systematic suppression of the African American vote, critically acclaimed author Lawrence Goldstone traces the injustices of the post-Reconstruction era through the eyes of incredible individuals, both heroic and barbaric, and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Crow. Though this is a story of America's past, Goldstone brilliantly draws direct links to today's creeping threats to suffrage in this important and, alas, timely book"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Segregation -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Violence against -- History -- Juvenile literature.
African Americans -- Suffrage -- History.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- History.
African Americans -- Segregation -- History.
African Americans -- Violence against -- History.
ISBN
9781338323481
1338323482