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review Stolen Justice 103 ✓ Following the Civil War the Reconstruction era raised a new uestion to those in power in the US should African Americans so many of them former slaves be granted the right to voteIn a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution the answer eventually became yes though only after two constitutional amendments two ReconstrStruction Acts two Civil Rights Acts three Enforcement Acts the impeachment of a president and an army of occupation Yet even that was not enough to ensure that African American voices would be heard or their lives protected White supremacists loudly and intentionally prevented black Americans from voting and they were willing to ki. Richie’s Picks STOLEN JUSTICE THE STRUGGLE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTING RIGHTS by Lawrence Goldstone Scholastic Focus January 2020 288p ISBN 978 1 338 32350 4“President Donald Trump in recent days shared tweets of Black people being violent and asked why people weren’t protesting over it These tweets coming amid nationwide demonstrations over racism and police brutality echoed the rhetoric of white supremacists and appear to be part of a broader strategy from Trump to exploit fear and prejudice as he fights to salvage his vulnerable reelection campaign Trump leaned on racism and xenophobia to garner support during his 2016 campaign and he’s employing a similar approach as the US gets closer to Election Day” Business Insider “Trump is increasingly relying on white supremacy ploys to fire up his base as he panics over his reelection chances” 62320 “He’s depending on our silenceWhile he orchestrates our fearIf our neighbors are so satisfiedWhy they comin’ hereI’m gonna voteI’m gonna vote that mutha out” Little Steven 1984“As the 1880s progressed white supremacists openly and almost gleefully committed voter fraud across the South In 1900 on the floor of the United States Senate South Carolina senator “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman would brag about the methods used to deny black citizens the vote in those days ‘We took the government away We stuffed ballot boxes We shot them We are not ashamed of it’Still these same white supremacists felt as much need to justify this behavior as they had to justify slavery Since even they knew it would not do to enslave euals or to steal the government from them they took the position that people of color were as a race simply not eual to whitesBut just how they did this evolved”STOLEN JUSTICE is the tale of that evolution The sordid American history that Lawrence Goldstone recounts in this fascinating and horrifying read makes a mockery of the sentiment in the Declaration of Independence that “All men are created eual” STOLEN JUSTICE focuses on national events and Supreme Court cases that unjustly kept Black Americans from voting beginning with the founding of the republic The author concludes with the 1903 Black voting related Court case Giles v Harris which was decided in the wake of the infamous 1896 Plessy v Ferguson case “But neither the Supreme Court of the United States nor Oliver Wendell Holmes personally had any intention of compelling Southern states to grant black citizens the right to vote no matter what the Fifteenth Amendment said In the last two pages of the opinion Holmes denied Giles’s claim but what was significant were the ridiculous lengths to which he was forced to go to justify his opinion Holmes’s reasoning was such a distortion of constitution principles that legal scholar Richard Pildes called Giles v Harris the ‘one key moment one decisive turning pointin the bleak and unfamiliar sagaof the history of anti democracy in the United States’”Then in an epilogue the author fast forwards to the modern Civil Rights Movement and the horrific events that took place at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama He explains how the nation’s reaction to those events led to enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act He also explains that the law was eventually gutted in 2013 by the Court’s Shelby decisionThe author makes a good case for readers to conclude that the three branches of government have been pretty much controlled by white supremacists from the ratification of the Constitution right up to today Of course one could argue things are better now than when “Pitchfork Ben” Tillman was around But when you consider the contemporary voting roll purges; the elimination of voting locations in minority districts; and the President’s current trash talk about voting by mail it all seems like steps along that same old racist pathwayWill the current protests instigated by the murder of George Floyd bring about real change While we live through these historic days STOLEN JUSTICE is the right book at the right time It’s an exceedingly valuable resource for understanding how in such a disgusting variety of ways Black Americans have been repeatedly robbed of their right to vote It provides great information on how we got here and provides a sense of how big a boulder needs to be rolled away if we are ever going to achieve a just and perfect unionRichie Partington MLISRichie's Picks

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Following the Civil War the Reconstruction era raised a new uestion to those in power in the US should African Americans so many of them former slaves be granted the right to voteIn a bitter partisan fight over the legislature and Constitution the answer eventually became yes though only after two constitutional amendments two Recon. I've spent the last two years researching the American women's fight for the vote The 15th Amendment mainly makes its appearance as an issue that divided the suffrage movement between those who supported African American men gaining the vote regardless of whether women had to wait and those who believed that if both women and African Americans couldn't be enfranchised at the same time women deserved it first I began to think that I needed to know about the 15th Amendment and along comes Lawrence Goldstone's book Perfect timingStolen Justice has been published by Scholastic Focus a new nonfiction imprint of Scholastic meant meant for the young adult audience I love that there's a nonfiction imprint Children mostly read fiction starting from a young age and so they develop no taste for narrative nonfiction I'm an adult who reads almost exclusively nonfiction and I'm finding that I enjoy middle grade and YA reads especially when it's a topic I know little aboutMr Goldstone's book held many revelations for me The battle for voting rights for African Americans didn't begin and end with the 15th Amendment He examines for example how two unlikely court cases an ax murder and a bullying incident that lead to murder helped and hurt the cause It's the first place where I've read about the origins of the Ku Klux Klan as a pranking occupation for bored college boys As always I'm astonished and horrified at how brutally white men acted toward African American men and women It's chilling no matter how many times you read of violence in the streets at the polls and in the homeThe book really came alive for me when the author focuses on the people and personalities involved but it lags when you have to slog through legal arguments Maybe not for a child who already knows they want to be a lawyer though All in all I look forward to reading books from this imprint and I hope nonfiction finally has its day I volunteer at our local library and every day I see fiction books going in and out while many fine nonfiction reads remain on the shelves gathering dust

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Stolen JusticeLl to do soIn this portrait of the systematic suppression of the African American vote author Lawrence Goldstone traces the injustices of the post Reconstruction era through the eyes of individuals both heroic and barbaric and examines the legal cases that made the Supreme Court a partner of white supremacists in the rise of Jim Cro. Being African American and a history buff I thought I knew this story but Stolen Justice taught me plenty I knew about the transition from slavery to the Civil War and the Jim Crow era but Goldstone makes the case that there has been a coordinated effort by those in power to extend the bonds of slavery using the levers of social power — cultural norms education politics employment and the justice system The aspect that intrigued me most is that many of the perpetrators of this oppression against our Black citizens did not hide their goals and objectives They often acted in official capacities and used the very legal apparatus designed to protect our rights and liberties This is a great read — an eye opener and for me at least a shocker