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Exercise Your Rights: New History & Political Science Books


Sarah Palin is in New York pretending she is just on vacation with her family.  Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty are in Iowa glad-handing residents in hopes of becoming the Republican pick for 2012.  Donald Trump is threatening to be the next Ross Perot.  Yep, it looks like it is  time to start getting our minds ready for the 2012 Presidential election.

Listed below are three books recently added to McCain Library’s collection that may remind you of the value of your political input. Look for these on the New Books shelf first!

Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics

Fiorina, Morris P, and Samuel J. Abrams. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009.

Call Number: JK2265 .F64 2009

Book Jacket Description: Drawing on polling results and other data, Fiorina examines the disconnect between an unrepresentative “political class” and the citizenry it purports to represent, showing how politicians have become more polarized while voters remain moderate; how politicians’ rhetoric and activities reflect hot-button issues that are not public priorities; and how politicians’ dogmatic, divisive, and uncivil style of “debate” contrasts with the more civil discourse of ordinary Americans, who tend to be more polite and open to compromise than their leaders.

Sitting in and Speaking Out: Student Movements in the American South 1960-1970

Jeffrey A. Turner. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010.

Call Number: LA29 .T87 2010

UGA Press Description: In Sitting In and Speaking Out, Jeffrey A. Turner examines student movements in the South to grasp the nature of activism in the region during the turbulent 1960s. Turner argues that the story of student activism is too often focused on national groups like Students for a Democratic Society and events at schools like Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley. Examining the activism of black and white students, he shows that the South responded to national developments but that the response had its own trajectory—one that was rooted in race.

The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South

Charles S,Bullock and Ronald K. Gaddie. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2009.

Call Number: JK1924 .B85 2009

Amazon.com Description: The Voting Rights Act of 1965 achieved what two constitutional amendments and three civil rights acts could not: giving African Americans in the South access to the ballot free from restriction or intimidation. The most exhaustive treatment of elections and race in the region in sixty years, The Triumph of Voting Rights in the South explores the impact of that landmark legislation and highlights lingering concerns about minority political participation.

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