“Voting: Past and Present” Book Display

The voter registration deadline is coming up on October 5 and the general election is in just over a month! We’ve compiled some of our favorite titles on voting in America, looking at it both from the past and present day.

Browse and check out the books below by clicking the titles and placing them on hold for curbside pickup. If you’d like more information about any of these titles, call Adult Services at (423) 434-4454.


Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America by Ari Berman

Thank You for Voting: The Maddening, Enlightening, Inspiring Truth About Voting in America by Erin Geiger Smith

Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy by Gary May

The Contest: The 1968 Election and the War for America’s Soul by Michael Schumacher

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell

Uncounted: The Crisis of Voter Suppression in the United States by Gilda R. Daniels

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by Ellen Carol Dubois

How to Rig an Election by Nic Cheeseman and Brian Klaas

Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color by Donathan L. Brown and Michael L. Clemons

Democracy in Danger: How Hackers and Activists Exposed Fatal Flaws in the Election by Jake Braun

On Account of Race: The Supreme Court, White Supremacy, and the Ravaging of African American Voting Rights by Lawrence Goldstone

Poll Power: The Voter Education Project and the Movement for the Ballot in the American South by Evan Faulkenbury

A Century of Votes for Women: American Elections Since Suffrage by Christina Wolbrecht and J. Kevin Corder

Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America’s Soul by A.J. Baime

What You Need to Know About Voting and Why by Kim Wehle

Democracy in One Book or Less: How it Works, Why it Doesn’t, and Why Fixing it is Easier Than You Think by David Litt

Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All by Martha S. Jones

Campaigns and Elections: What Everyone Needs to Know by Dennis W. Johnson

What You Should Know About Politics…But Don’t : A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues That Matter by Jessamyn Conrad


If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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