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¡Hola! ¡Hola! It’s Suzy, head Book Whisperer Extraordinaire for Beauty and the Book. I’m back with an all-new edition of Café
con Libros formerly known as Book Talk Tuesday.
One Person, No Vote
One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally by Carol Anderson and Tonya Bolden is the YA version of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy. It’s a great read for Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, young adults, and old alike. Carol Anderson reminds us in this book, of the United States humble beginnings in democracy and painful past for minority African Americans, Latinx, and Asian Americans. The book explains in great detail how minorities have been purposely and systematically, kept from voting by those in power. The leaders of our country enacted and modified state legislature after the civil war as they saw fit, created poll taxes, forced literacy tests on voters, and held state-sponsored lynchings…anything to keep minorities from voting and exercising their constitutional rights as American citizens! #wack
From president Abraham Lincoln all the way to President Obama, this book brings to light the struggle (both internal and external) of achieving the equality, justice, and liberties that many have lived and died for. This is the perfect look into the history of voting for your civic-minded nenes and for sparking discussion about what they can do to get involved in their community, even if they are not yet old enough to vote (See the handy guide at the back of the book!).
You can order this and other books about voting through my virtual storefront!
One Person, No Vote: How Not All Voters Are Treated Equally
Carol Anderson & Tonya Bolden
Middle and High School (gr. 7-9)
To talk with your budding activist about the history of racism be sure to check out my review of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
¡Hasta la próxima!