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Political redistricting is one of the most controversial issues in contemporary American society. The practice of shaping voting districts to enhance the political representation of minorities at all levels of government emerged as a legal remedy for redressing the systematic historical exclusion of minority political representation. It continues to have vocal and active defenders and detractors to this day with court rulings upholding or challenging the practice every year. The controversies of redistricting have challenged America's commitment to participatory democracy and America's ability to account for its historical record of voting and racial discrimination. The legal and historical arguments addressing the policy of redistricting and the constitutional issues surrounding it revolve around interpretations of the Fifteenth Amendment and America's ability to accept or reject race-based solutions to political representstion. This three-volume set brings together all the major legal cases and the most influential articles on the legal and historical arguments surrounding this issue.
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US Constitution, Amendment XIV US Constitution, Amendment XV The Enforcement Act (The Civil Rights Act of 1870), in Theodore Eisenberg, Civil Rights Legislation: Cases and Materials (Michie Co., 1981). The Force Act of 1871, in Theodore Eisenberg, Civil Rights Legislation: Cases and Materials (Michie Co., 1981). 'Statement', Senator James K. Vardaman (Mississippi), in The Independent (Sept. 3, 1908). 'Changing Attitude in the 1930s.' Senator Allen J. Ellender (Louisiana), in US Congressional Record, Volume 83, Part I, 75th Cong., 3rd Sess. (Washington: GPO, January 14-20, 1938). 'A Declaration by Negro Voters.' The Crisis (January, 1944). Gressman, E. 'The Unhappy History of Civil Rights Legislation.' Michigan Law Review 50 (1952). 'The Negro Voter and the 1952 Elections.' W.E.B. DuBois, in National Guardian, September 11, 1952; in Herbert Apteker, Ed., Newspaper Columns by W.E.B. DuBois, 2 volumes. (White Plains, NY: Kraus-Thomson, 1986). Civil Rights Act of 1957, September 9, 1957, PART I, II, III, IV, in Bernard Schwartz, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). Civil Rights Act of 1957, President's State of the Union Message in Bernard Schwartz, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). Civil Rights Act of 1960, Title III, in Bernard Schwartz, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). Gomillion, Charles G. 'The Negro Voter in Alabama', Journal of Negro Education (Spring 1957). 'A White Citizen Council Member and Charles Gomillion: An Exchange in 1959.' In Clinical Sociology Review, Jan E. Fritz, Ed. (1988). United States Supreme Court opinion in Gomillion v. Lightfoot. Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I, Title VIII, in Bernard Schwartz, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). Voting Rights Act of 1965, in Bernard Schwarts, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). 'Report of the House Judiciary Committee, The Origins, House Report No. 439.' in Bernard Schwartz, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). 'Address on Voting Rights to Joint Session of Congress by President Johnson.' March 15, 1965, in Bernard Schwartz, Ed., Statutory History of the United States: Civil Rights, Part II (NY: Chelsea House Publications with McGraw-Hill, 1970). Text of Presiden

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Marsha Darling holds a doctorate of law. She has taught history at Georgetown University and is currently director of the African American Studies Department at Adelphi University in New York.

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