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Santa Fe New Mexican

What was the Voting Rights Act of 1965? How did it change the face of our nation, and how is it relevant today? Ari Berman‘s book Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, is a history of this law, and of the conflicts our country has been struggling with since its founding: who votes, who has power, and how can our government, from national to local, fulfill its ideals of being of, by, and for the people – all the people.

Ari Berman is an award-winning journalist and author of two books; his most recent is Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. He has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Nation, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and commentator on MSNBC and NPR.