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Voting Right Book List

The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back
The Hidden History of the War on Voting: Who Stole Your Vote and How to Get It Back
By Hartmann, Thom
2020-02 - Berrett-Koehler Publishers
9781523087785 Check Our Catalog

 

"Hartmann's history of voter suppression in America is necessary information given current news about voter registration purges and redistricting...a particularly timely topic for an election year, and anyone who is seriously concerned about the survival of American democracy will want to read this book and apply its lessons."--Booklist

America's #1 progressive radio host looks …More
 

Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting Rights in America
Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting Rights in America
By Jenkins, Tommy
Illustrator Lacker, Kati
Introduction by Jones, Martha
2020-04 - Abrams Comicarts
9781419739989 Check Our Catalog

 

How the history of American voting rights has shaped the way we vote today

Coinciding with the 2020 US presidential election, Drawing the Vote, an original graphic novel, looks at the history of voting rights in the United States and how it affects the way we vote today. Throughout the book, the author, Tommy Jenkins, identifies events and trends that led to the unprecedented …More
 

Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America
Our Time Is Now: Power, Purpose, and the Fight for a Fair America
By Abrams, Stacey
2020-06 - Henry Holt & Company
9781250257703 Check Our Catalog

 

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

With each page, she inspires and empowers us to create systems that reflect a world in which all voices are heard and all people believe and feel that they matter. --Kerry Washington

This is a narrative that describes the urgency that compels me and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story …More
 

Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America
Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth about Voting in America
By Smith, Erin Geiger
2020-06 - Harper
9780062934826 Check Our Catalog

 

 

In this concise, lively look at the past, present, and future of voting, a journalist examines the long and continuing fight for voting equality, why so few Americans today vote, and innovative ways to educate and motivate them; included are checklists of what to do before election day to prepare to vote and encourage others.

Voting is a prized American right and a …More
 

The Woman's Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote
The Woman's Hour: The Last Furious Fight to Win the Vote
By Weiss, Elaine F.
2018-03 - Viking
9780525429722 Check Our Catalog

 

"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader"--Hillary Rodham Clinton

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

"With a skill reminiscent of Robert Caro, Weiss] turns the potentially dry stuff of …More
 

A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump
A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump
By Plouffe, David
2020-03 - Viking
9781984879493 Check Our Catalog

 

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

As seen on CBS This Morning, PBS NewsHour, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Pod Save America and more

A voter's playbook on making a difference in the 2020 election and beyond from the most recognized and most successful political strategist in the country

If you've asked yourself the …More
 

The Fight to Vote
The Fight to Vote
By Waldman, Michael
2016-02 - Simon & Schuster
9781501116483 Check Our Catalog

 

"Important and engaging" --The Washington Post

From the president of NYU's Brennan Center for Justice and the author of The Second Amendment, the history of the long struggle to win voting rights for all citizens.

In The Second Amendment, Michael Waldman traced the ongoing argument on gun rights from the Bill of Rights to the current day. Now in The Fight to …More
 

Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote
Suffrage: Women's Long Battle for the Vote
By DuBois, Ellen Carol
2020-02 - Simon & Schuster
9781501165160 Check Our Catalog

 

Honoring the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the Constitution, this exciting history explores the full scope of the movement to win the vote for women through portraits of its bold leaders and devoted activists.

Distinguished historian Ellen Carol DuBois begins in the pre-Civil War years with foremothers Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner …More
 

Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardner
Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardner
By Hamlin, Kimberley
2020-03 - W. W. Norton & Company
9781324004974 Check Our Catalog

 

 

When Ohio newspapers published the story of Alice Chenoweth's affair with a married man, she changed her name to Helen Hamilton Gardener, moved to New York, and devoted her life to championing women's rights and decrying the sexual double standard. She published seven books and countless essays, hobnobbed with the most interesting thinkers of her era, and was celebrated for her audacious ideas …More
 

Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College
By Wegman, Jesse
2020-03 - St. Martin's Press
9781250221971 Check Our Catalog

 

 

"Wegman combines in-depth historical analysis and insight into contemporary politics to present a cogent argument that the Electoral College violates America's 'core democratic principles' and should be done away with... --Publishers Weekly

The framers of the Constitution battled over it. Lawmakers have tried to amend or abolish it more than 700 …More
 

Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections
Votes of Confidence, 2nd Edition: A Young Person's Guide to American Elections
By Fleischer, Jeff
2020-03 - Zest Books (Tm)
9781541578968 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Every two years, media coverage of American elections turns into a horse-race story about who's leading the polls and who said what when. Give young adult readers clear explanations about how our election process actually works, why it matters, and how they can become involved. Using real-world examples and anecdotes, this book provides readers with thorough, nonpartisan explanations about …More
 

Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights
Stolen Justice: The Struggle for African American Voting Rights
By Goldstone, Lawrence
2020-01 - Scholastic Focus
9781338323481 Check Our Catalog

 

A thrilling and incisive examination of the post-Reconstruction era struggle for and suppression of African American voting rights in the United States.

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 …More
 

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
By Anderson, Carol
Foreword by Durbin, Dick
2018-09 - Bloomsbury Publishing
9781635571370 Check Our Catalog

 

From the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America.n America. …More
 

Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America
Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in America
By Daniels, Gilda R.
2020-01 - New York University Press
9781479862351 Check Our Catalog

 

 

An answer to the assault on voting rights--crucial reading in advance of the 2020 presidential election

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered one of the most effective pieces of legislation the United States has ever passed. It enfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters, particularly in the American South, and drew attention to the problem of voter suppression. Yet in recent …More
 

Say It Louder!: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy
Say It Louder!: Black Voters, White Narratives, and Saving Our Democracy
By Cross, Tiffany
2020-07 - Amistad Press
9780062976772 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A breakout media and political analyst delivers a sweeping snapshot of American Democracy and the role that African Americans have played in its shaping while offering concrete information to help harness the electoral power of the country's rising majority and exposing political forces aligned to subvert and suppress Black voters.

Black voters were critical to the …More
 

The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice
The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice
By Browne-Marshall, Gloria
Foreword by Vivian, Rev Dr
2016-08 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
9781442266896 Check Our Catalog

 

The Voting Rights War tells the story of the courageous struggle to achieve voting equality through more than one hundred years of work by the NAACP at the Supreme Court. Readers take the journey for voting rights from slavery to the Plessy v. Ferguson case that legalized segregation in 1896 through today's conflicts around voter suppression. The NAACP brought important cases to the Supreme …More
 

Sisters
Sisters
By Baker, Jean
2005-09 - Hill & Wang
9780809095285 Check Our Catalog

 

Baker interweaves the private lives of Lucy Stone, Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Frances Willard, and Alice Paul with their public achievements, presenting these revolutionary women in three dimensions--humanized, and marvelously approachable. …More
 

What You Need to Know about Voting--And Why
What You Need to Know about Voting--And Why
By Wehle, Kim
2020-06 - Harper Paperbacks
9780062974785 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Want to change the world? The first step is to exercise your right to vote In this step by step guide, you can learn everything you need to know.

In What You Need to Know About Voting--and Why, law professor and constitutional scholar Kimberly Wehle offers practical, useful advice on the mechanics of voting and an enlightening survey of its history and future. …More
 

One Person, No Vote: How All Voters Are Not Treated Equally
One Person, No Vote: How All Voters Are Not Treated Equally
By Anderson, Carol
Author Bolden, Tonya
2019-09 - Bloomsbury YA
9781547601073 Check Our Catalog

 

From the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of White Rage comes the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a Foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.ck Durbin. …More
 

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote
Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote
By Zimet, Susan
Author Hasak-Lowy, Todd
2018-01 - Viking Books for Young Readers
9780451477545 Check Our Catalog

 

The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago.

And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the one granting suffrage to women-was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin.

The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been …More
 

Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America
By Berman, Ari
2015-08 - Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
9780374158279 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
ALA Notable Books (2016), National Book Critics Circle Award (2015)

 

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, Nonfiction

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2015

A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015

A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2015

An NPR Best Book of 2015

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The Split History of the Women's Suffrage Movement: Suffragists Perspective
The Split History of the Women's Suffrage Movement: Suffragists Perspective
By Nardo, Don
2014-01 - Compass Point Books
9780756547356 Check Our Catalog

 

In the mid 19th century, a few women living in upstate New York decided it was time for women to stop accepting their status as second class citizens. Women lacked many basic civil rights that men enjoyed, including suffrage the right to vote. These women from New York held a convention in which they demanded their rights. Their battle took more than 70 years to win. Along the way they were …More
 

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March
By Lowery, Lynda Blackmon
With Leacock, Elspeth
With Buckley, Susan
2015-01 - Dial Books
9780803741232 Check Our Catalog

 

Awards:
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2016)

A memoir of the Civil Rights Movement from one of its youngest heroes

A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book

Kirkus Best Books of 2015

Booklist Editors' Choice 2015

BCCB Blue Ribbon 2015

As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery …More
 

Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
Lillian's Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965
By Winter, Jonah
Illustrator Evans, Shane W.
2015-07 - Schwartz & Wade Books
9780385390293 Check Our Catalog

 

An elderly African American woman, en route to vote, remembers her family's tumultuous voting history in this picture book publishing in time for the fiftieth anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

As Lillian, a one-hundred-year-old African American woman, makes a "long haul up a steep hill" to her polling place, she sees more than trees and sky--she sees her family's history. She sees …More
 

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
By Rockliff, Mara
Illustrator Hooper, Hadley
2016-08 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763678937 Check Our Catalog

 

The author of Mesmerized delivers another fascinating glimpse into history, this time the story of two brave suffragists on a trek across America to spread the word: Votes for Women

In April 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke set out from New York City in a little yellow car, embarking on a bumpy, muddy, unmapped journey ten thousand miles long. They took with them a teeny …More
 

Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote
By Gillibrand, Kirsten
Illustrator Kalman, Maira
2018-11 - Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
9780525579014 Check Our Catalog

 

From United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand comes an inspiring picture book about ten suffragists who fought for women's right to vote.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave--to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what's …More
 

Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony: A Friendship That Changed the World
By Colman, Penny
2011-05 - Christy Ottaviano Books-Henry Holt and Compan
9780805082937 Check Our Catalog

 

Weaving events, quotations, personalities, and commentary into a page-turning narrative, Colman tells this compelling story and vividly portrays the friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. 16-page photo insert. …More