“When we started as a country, 6% of people were eligible to vote. There are still forces that are determined to keep citizens from voting.” Watch the trailer for All In: The Fight For Democracy, featuring politician Stacey Abrams. It’s in theaters on September 9 and on Amazon Prime September 18.
The film examines two centuries of voter suppression, with a focus on the tactics that were used against Abrams when she ran for Governor of Georgia.
Via The Wrap:
Of course, the issue deserves all the gravitas it can get, and the film takes it all the way back to the election of George Washington, when only six percent of Americans — white, male property owners – were eligible to vote. From there, it delves into the 15th Amendment in 1870, which gave Black men the right to vote (women were still excluded) and led to African-American congressmen elected at state and national levels.
In the Reconstruction era that followed the Civil War, the film points out, more than two-thirds of eligible Black people registered to vote in some southern states. But after congress agreed to withdraw troops from the South to effectively end Reconstruction, the states (initially in the South, but later elsewhere) began to find ways to exclude them from the voting rolls: poll taxes, literacy tests that were designed to be almost impossible to pass, then felony disenfranchisement coupled with statues that made arrests and convictions easy.
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