There is no doubt that this election year is super charged creating a great division in our country. This can be difficult to understand if you’re not a political fanatic and you might not even have the ability to vote yet, but YOU will be the generations that shape our future. Everyone has the right to vote for whomever they feel best represents their interests. Our government is complex. There are many players in the field and many obstacles (such as the media) that can determine who scores. The right to vote is a precious one that has had a long and muddled past and a still complex future. This book list contains books that may help you understand the history of the fight for the right to vote, and navigate through the next month as you witness more of the political unrest of 2020.
Drawing the Vote
by Tommy Jenkins
Crafted in an engaging, readable, and easy to understand manner, Jenkins provides a history of the fight for the right to vote from the American Revolution to present day. Written in a graphic novel format, this is not your typical bogged down history book. Jenkins gives the background of major events such as women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, voter suppression, and more. Events that still affect us today. This book provides a basic understanding of why the right to vote is a precious freedom not to be taken lightly. Every voice matters.
Votes of Confidence
by Jeff Fleischer
A no nonsense, complete overview of the American political system. If you are looking for an easy to read explanation of the complex American government because you just never quite got it in your high school history/government classes, this book is for you. Jeff Fleischer writes in a way that feels like a conversation with your favorite teacher. Well explained, and thorough. A book I highly recommend if you’re looking to gain a better understanding of the American Political System as we near the 2020 Presidential election.