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Lead into Gold?

Lead into Gold?

The Alchemy of County Redistricting

Chapter:
(p.155) 7 Lead into Gold?
Source:
After Freedom Summer
Author(s):
Chris Danielson
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813037387.003.0008

This chapter discusses the legal battles to end discriminatory county redistricting in Mississippi. County supervisors wielded significant power on the local level, and white boards of supervisors used gerrymandering to maintain majority control of boards. Lawsuits by civil rights activists, including ones involved in legislative reapportionment, achieved only limited success, since they could not prove discriminatory intent. The strengthened Voting Rights Act of 1982 changed all that and led the Reagan administration to intervene in 1983 and greatly increase black representation on county boards of supervisors in Mississippi.

Keywords:   redistricting, county supervisors, Ronald Reagan, Voting Rights Act

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