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Jun 14, 2022
| ISBN 9780593315866
Jun 14, 2022
| ISBN 9780593315873
Jun 14, 2022
| 720 Minutes
Jun 14, 2022 | ISBN 9780593315866
Jun 14, 2022 | ISBN 9780593315873
Jun 14, 2022 | ISBN 9780593592465
A surprising history of gerrymandering in America, from the founding fathers to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and Reconstruction; to the twentieth century’s legislative battles at the Supreme Court; to today’s high-tech manipulation of election districts—one of the twenty-first century’s clearest and most present threats to American democracy: the story of how we got here and what we must do to protect our most sacred, hard-fought principle of one person, one vote.Nick Seabrook, an authority on constitutional and election law and an expert on gerrymandering (pronounced with a hard ‘g’!), begins before our nation’s founding, with the rigging of American elections for partisan and political gain and the election-meddling of George Burrington, the colonial governor of North Carolina, in retaliation against his critics. The author writes of Patrick Henry, who used redistricting to settle an old score with political foe and fellow founding father James Madison (almost preventing the Bill of Rights from happening), and of Elbridge Gerry, the Massachusetts governor from whose name “gerrymander” derives. Seabrook writes of the Supreme Court’s twentieth-century battles to curtail gerrymandering: beginning with Felix Frankfurter, the court’s most outspoken advocate of judicial restraint, who fought for decades to prevent the judiciary from involving itself in disputes over the drawing of districts only to see his judicial legacy collapse before his eyes, and Byron White, professional football player turned Supreme Court justice, who tried—and failed—to convince his colleagues to put a stop to gerrymandering before most Americans were even aware that it was happening. One Person, One Vote explores the rise of the most partisan gerrymanders in American history, put in place by the Republican Party after the 2010 census. We see how the battle has shifted to the states via REDMAP—the GOP’s successful strategy to control state governments and rig the results of state legislative and congressional elections over the past decade. Seabrook makes clear that a vast new redistricting is already here, and that to safeguard our republic, action is needed before it is too late.
NICK SEABROOK is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. He is the author of Drawing the Lines: Constraints on Partisan Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
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