The Fight to Vote

The Fight to Vote

Title:The Fight to Vote
ISBN:9781501116483
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

“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 Vote, Michael Waldman takes a succinct and comprehensive look at a crucial American struggle: the drive to define and defend government based on “the consent of the governed.” From the beginning, and at every step along the way, as Americans sought to right to vote, others have fought to stop them. This is the first book to trace the full story from the founders’ debates to today’s challenges: a wave of restrictive voting laws, partisan gerrymanders, the flood of campaign money unleashed by Citizens United. Americans are proud of our democracy. But today that system seems to be under siege, and the right to vote has become the fight to vote.

In fact, that fight has always been at the heart of our national story, and raucous debates over how to expand democracy have always been at the center of American politics. At first only a few property owners could vote. Over two centuries, working class white men, former slaves, women, and finally all Americans won the right to vote. The story goes well beyond voting rules to issues of class, race, political parties, and campaign corruption. It's been raw, rowdy, a fierce, and often rollicking struggle for power. Waldman’s The Fight to Vote is a compelling story of our struggle to uphold our most fundamental democratic ideals.


    The Fight to Vote Reviews

  • Scott Rhee

    “[The] right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected. To take away this right is to reduce a man to slavery, for slavery consists in being subject to t...

  • James

    Waldman's 'The Fight To Vote' is an outstanding , well written history on the struggle to ensure America's most basic promise... the right to vote. Starting at the birth of our nation, following the e...

  • Alice

    Very strong and readable history of our tortured history of voting rights. Don't expect much on actions in the past year or possibilities for the future but look for a clear understanding of how we go...

  • Dimitris

    When your whole point of view on any topic/subject is "when this happened back in XX's, humanity did a great thing and *insert minority here* could vote." ...then you've lost me. That kind of phrasing...

  • Paul Huffman

    Overall very engaging and comprehensive in providing an overview of voter access and voting policy through the nation's history. I appreciated the large number of specific references to practices and ...

  • Susan Miller

    This is a comprehensive study of the right/fight to vote from 1787 to 2016. It explores the actions of political groups, the courts, political parties and the people in the ongoing fight to either enl...

  • Glenn

    This was a fascinating read on the history of voters’ rights in the US up through 2016. You can tell he author most likely leans left, but mostly takes a very unbiased approach to the issues of vote...

  • Sara

    Thorough but concise and clear history of voting rights in the United States, up to the cusp of the 2016 election. Argues for voting systems and policies that encourage the participation of any many p...

  • Gordon Kwok

    Overall, a very good book by a good writer who makes the best of an otherwise esoteric topic. However, like a lot of esoteric topic, just because it is understood by few obscures how important it is. ...

  • Lucy

    Written with Waldman's usual articulate grasp of his subject matter. I was fascinated by the Founding Fathers chapters but felt impatient through the rest of it. I've set it aside to try and re-read a...