Poll Power (häftad)
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The University of North Carolina Press
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Poll Power

The Voter Education Project and the Movement for the Ballot in the American South

Häftad,  Engelska, 2019-02-28
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Creating and sustaining a social movement costs money. In the early 1960s, after years of grassroots organizing, civil rights activists convinced non-profit foundations to donate in support of voter education and registration efforts. One result was the Voter Education Project (VEP), which formally began in 1962, showed far-reaching results almost immediately, and organized the groundwork that eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In communities across the South, the VEP catalyzed existing campaigns; it paid for fuel, booked rallies, bought food for volunteers, and paid people to canvass neighborhoods. Despite this progress, powerful conservatives and segregationists in Congress weaponized the federal tax code to undercut the important work of the VEP. Though local power had long existed in the hundreds of southern towns and cities that saw organized civil rights action, the VEP was vital to converting that power into political motion. Evan Faulkenbury offers a much-needed explanation of the crucial role philanthropy, outside funding, and tax policy can play in the lifecycle of social movements.
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Successfully captures how the civil rights movement evolved from one of demonstrations to one that influenced and registered voters. . . . Faulkenbury excels at showing how interactions among organizations in the North helped fund activists in the South, and how the Tax Reform Act of 1969 undermined further progress and ultimately led to the end of the VEP.--Library Journal, starred review Faulkenbury's groundbreaking work Poll Power examines the Voter Education Project (VEP). . . . [and] gives the reader insight into a lesser-known yet essential story of the civil rights movement. . . . Well-written and brief. . . . Poll Power is a necessary source for anyone wishing to know more about the inner-workings and financial underpinnings of voter registration efforts in the South.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly Faulkenbury mines a wealth of archival sources, including a broad array of oral histories conducted with key players in voter registration efforts. He offers a concise, readable narrative that reminds us that successful social movements require both daring activists on the front lines and dedicated donors who can sustain the effort behind the scenes.--North Carolina Historical Review

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Evan Faulkenbury is assistant professor of history at SUNY Cortland.