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Lead into Gold?

Chris Danielson

in After Freedom Summer

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037387
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042350 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813037387.003.0008
Lead into Gold?

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This chapter discusses the legal battles to end discriminatory county redistricting in Mississippi. County supervisors wielded significant power on the local level, and white boards of supervisors used gerrymandering to maintain majority control of boards. Lawsuits by civil rights activists, including ones involved in legislative reapportionment, achieved only limited success, since they could not prove discriminatory intent. The strengthened Voting Rights Act of 1982 changed all that and led the Reagan administration to intervene in 1983 and greatly increase black representation on county boards of supervisors in Mississippi.

Keywords: redistricting; county supervisors; Ronald Reagan; Voting Rights Act

Chapter.  5961 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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