How the Second Reconstruction Stabilized

in The Two Reconstructions

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780226845289
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226845272 | DOI:
How the Second Reconstruction Stabilized

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This chapter traces both jurisprudence-building and party-building. It discusses the Voting Rights Act's (VRA) architecture, initial Supreme Court tests, and the act's renewals. It pays particular attention to how legal change promoted the desegregation of the South's Democratic parties in essential ways. At the conclusion, it outlines the broader VRA that has emerged out of the original act. The second reconstruction not only has survived but has been able to do more work than the first reconstruction. The VRA today addresses many forms of minority voting discrimination. The chapter begins by tracing the oft-noted clever design of the original Voting Rights Act.

Keywords: reconstruction; Voting Rights Act; legal change; Democratic parties; voting discrimination; minority voting

Chapter.  10181 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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