Redistricting and Gerrymandering

This week, Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily looks at the history of redistricting and gerrymandering in the United… read more

This week, Columbia Law School Professor Nathaniel Persily looks at the history of redistricting and gerrymandering in the United States. Professor Persily discusses the origin of the term “gerrymandering” in the early 1800s, and the use of redistricting by political parties and incumbents to protect and advance their interests. He also talks about more racially charged redistricting fights, such as the 1960 Gomillion vs. Lightfoot Supreme Court case, in which the court found that a district had been created to disenfranchise black voters. That case helped lead to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, outlawing discriminatory voting practices. 

Columbia Law School is located in New York City. This is a little over an hour. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Redistricting and Gerrymandering

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New York, New York, United States
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Jun 30, 2012
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Jul 1, 2012

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  • Jun 30, 2012 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 01, 2012 | 12:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Jul 01, 2012 | 1:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
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