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The Dream Is Lost: Voting Rights and the Politics of Race in Richmond, Virginia

Julian Maxwell Hayter


The Dream Is Lost describes more than three decades of national/local racial politics and the unintended consequences of the civil rights movement. It uses the mid-twentieth-century urban history of Richmond, Virginia, to explain the political abuses that often accompanied American electoral reforms. The rights embodied in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 cannot be explained by separating the mobilization of black voters, on one hand, and federal policy directed toward race, on the other. The story first examines the suffrage crusades that predated the Voting Rights Act and how an organization ca ... More

Keywords: Richmond Crusade for Voters, civil rights movement, Voting Rights Act of 1965, white resistance, majority–minority districts, reapportionment revolution, black governance, black-majority council, unintended consequences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813169484
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julian Maxwell Hayter, author
University of Richmond