How Redistricting Has Protected Slavery, White Supremacy, And Partisan Minorities In Virginia
de Brent Tarter
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Many are aware that gerrymandering exists and suspect it plays a role inour elections, but its history goes far deeper, and its impacts are far greater, than mostrealize. In his latest book, Brent Tarter focuses on Virginias long history ofgerrymandering to uncover its immense influence on the states politics and to provideperspective on how the practice impacts politics nationally.
Offering thefirst in-depth historical study of gerrymanders in Virginia, Tarter exposes practices going backto nineteenth century and colonial times and explains how they protected land owners andslave owners interests. The consequences of redistricting and reapportionment in modernVirginiain effect giving a partisan minority the upper hand in all public policydecisionsbecome much clearer in light of this history.
Where the discussionof gerrymandering has typically emphasized political parties control of Congress, Tarterfocuses on the state legislatures that determine congressional district lines and, in moststates, even those of their own districts. On the eve of the 2021 session of the GeneralAssembly, which will redraw district lines for Virginias state Senate and House ofDelegates, as well as for the U.S. House of Representatives, Tarters book provides aneye-opening investigation of gerrymandering and its pervasive effect on our local, state, andnational politics and government.