One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson
In One Person, No Vote, Carol Anderson chronicles the struggles of African Americans to exercise their right to vote which was officially codified into law in 1870 in the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Needless to say, not everyone was a fan of the Fifteenth Amendment, though; and the predatory practices of its detractors such as poll taxes and so-called "literacy tests" disenfranchised millions of African Americans. Close to a century of struggles eventually led up to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a comprehensive piece of legislation which shielded the right to vote from the outrageous tactics of racist regimes in states such as Texas and Alabama. Unfortunately, the VRA was overturned by the Roberts Supreme Court in 2013. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.