Rick Valelly is Claude C. Smith ’14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and author of American Politics: A Very Short Introduction.
The profession confronts a grim question: Are we witnessing the end of the world’s oldest democracy?
Has the U.S. Supreme Court killed the Voting Rights Act? No—but with Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, handed down on June 27th, the Court radically demoted the Act’s constitutional meaning. Once seen as a jewel on the crown of the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution, the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, it has been reframed… Read more »