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Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich

Paperback $18.00

Jan 24, 2017 | 192 Pages

Hardcover $25.95

Feb 02, 2016 | 192 Pages

Ebook $17.99

Feb 02, 2016 | 192 Pages

  • Paperback $18.00

    Jan 24, 2017 | 192 Pages

  • Hardcover $25.95

    Feb 02, 2016 | 192 Pages

  • Ebook $17.99

    Feb 02, 2016 | 192 Pages

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“As the former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the author has seen expansion of voting rights lead to more voter suppression and actually cause vote counts to decline…Berry helpfully exposes disturbing facts from across the country.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Thank goodness for Mary Frances Berry. At 78, the former chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights shows no signs of slowing down. In her latest book, Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich: Vote Buying and the Corruption of Democracy, Berry exposes election fraud, from vote buying to absentee ballots in communities that we call home.”
Essence Magazine

“Dr. Mary Frances Berry states in this urgent book that ‘free and fair elections are a democratic ideal.’ Laying out the history and nature of vote buying, voter suppression, voter intimidation, and turnout, Dr. Berry shows that, rather than being a lock-step march toward greater ‘inclusion’ in voting, the United States exemplifies a push-pull phenomenon—sometimes expanding the franchise and other times restricting it. Above all, Dr. Berry’s work instructs us to be vigilant: if we are to have our democracy live up to its potential, it is up to us to stop restrictive laws and work to expand the franchise fairly at the local, state, and federal levels.”
—Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic strategist and Democratic National Committee’s vice chair for Voter Registration and Participation

“Mary Frances Berry uncovers a type of voter suppression that many readers will be shocked and outraged to learn exists in twenty-first-century America. Five Dollars and a Pork Chop Sandwich is an urgent, timely, and nonpartisan book that is vital to our democracy.”
—Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union

Table Of Contents


Voting Rights, Rules, and Suppression: A Brief History

The Voter Fraud Division and Louisiana’s Culture of Corruption

“Rat Infestation, Rotten Wood, and Rusty Metal”: Electoral Fraud in St. Martinville

Making a Federal Case

Electoral Fraud Chicago Style

“A Saturnalia of Corruption and Crime”





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