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You Call This Democracy?: How to Fix Our Government and Deliver Power to the People



by
Elizabeth Rusch

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN
9780358176923

Awards and Honors
2021 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist
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America is the greatest democracy in the world…isn't it? Author Elizabeth Rusch examines some of the more problematic aspects of our government but, more importantly, offers ways for young people to fix them.

The power to change lies with the citizens of this great country. Sharing multiple success stories from across the country of people young and old who have made changes to voting policy and structure, and wrapping up with a thorough "what to do now, and how" summary, Rusch has given politically charged readers who are tired of wondering why things aren't better a handbook on how to make it better, starting NOW!Further reading. Note on online resources. Source notes. Full-color illustrations, charts, and infographics done digitally in Photoshop.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

320.973

AR

0: points 0

Lexile

1140L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jun 2020

Book Genres


Topics

US democracy. Youth activism. Political activity. US politics and government.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Rusch offers a sprawling, information-rich exploration of the current state of American democracy. Readers will gain a greater understanding of topics including how dark money can influence elections, voter suppression, and what the Senate actually is and how it impacts the democratic functioning of the United States government. Snappy infographics help break up the text, which can sometimes seem daunting. Extensive reliance on academic experts in fields such as gerrymandering and voter turnout prevents the appearance of partisanship. Rusch clearly wants to avoid bias; there is an almost pathological pattern of citing an identified Republican source and then citing an identified Democratic source (and vice versa) in close proximity. The work’s broad scope is sometimes its downfall. When discussing the Electoral College, the author minimizes the pivotal role that slavery played in its establishment and the passage of the 12th Amendment. Furthermore, Rusch repeatedly props up the Constitution as a democratic lodestar; it might be asked how democratic our roots are if women, Native Americans, and people of color were not allowed to vote on this foundational document. A serviceable resource for middle and high school patrons who want to improve our democracy.

School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up-Rusch offers a sprawling, information-rich exploration of the current state of American democracy. Readers will gain a greater understanding of topics including how dark money can influence elections, voter suppression, and what the Senate actually is and how it impacts the democratic functioning of the United States government. Snappy infographics help break up the text, which can sometimes seem daunting. Extensive reliance on academic experts in fields such as gerrymandering and voter turnout prevents the appearance of partisanship. Rusch clearly wants to avoid bias; there is an almost pathological pattern of citing an identified Republican source and then citing an identified Democratic source (and vice versa) in close proximity. The work's broad scope is sometimes its downfall. When discussing the Electoral College, the author minimizes the pivotal role that slavery played in its establishment and the passage of the 12th Amendment. Furthermore, Rusch repeatedly props up the Constitution as a democratic lodestar; it might be asked how democratic our roots are if women, Native Americans, and people of color were not allowed to vote on this foundational document. VERDICT A serviceable resource for middle and high school patrons who want to improve our democracy.-Ted McCoy, Austin Public Library, Austin, TX?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Rusch offers a sprawling, information-rich exploration of the current state of American democracy. Readers will gain a greater understanding of topics including how dark money can influence elections, voter suppression, and what the Senate actually is and how it impacts the democratic functioning of the United States government. Snappy infographics help break up the text, which can sometimes seem daunting. Extensive reliance on academic experts in fields such as gerrymandering and voter turnout prevents the appearance of partisanship. Rusch clearly wants to avoid bias; there is an almost pathological pattern of citing an identified Republican source and then citing an identified Democratic source (and vice versa) in close proximity. The work’s broad scope is sometimes its downfall. When discussing the Electoral College, the author minimizes the pivotal role that slavery played in its establishment and the passage of the 12th Amendment. Furthermore, Rusch repeatedly props up the Constitution as a democratic lodestar; it might be asked how democratic our roots are if women, Native Americans, and people of color were not allowed to vote on this foundational document. A serviceable resource for middle and high school patrons who want to improve our democracy.

School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up-Rusch offers a sprawling, information-rich exploration of the current state of American democracy. Readers will gain a greater understanding of topics including how dark money can influence elections, voter suppression, and what the Senate actually is and how it impacts the democratic functioning of the United States government. Snappy infographics help break up the text, which can sometimes seem daunting. Extensive reliance on academic experts in fields such as gerrymandering and voter turnout prevents the appearance of partisanship. Rusch clearly wants to avoid bias; there is an almost pathological pattern of citing an identified Republican source and then citing an identified Democratic source (and vice versa) in close proximity. The work's broad scope is sometimes its downfall. When discussing the Electoral College, the author minimizes the pivotal role that slavery played in its establishment and the passage of the 12th Amendment. Furthermore, Rusch repeatedly props up the Constitution as a democratic lodestar; it might be asked how democratic our roots are if women, Native Americans, and people of color were not allowed to vote on this foundational document. VERDICT A serviceable resource for middle and high school patrons who want to improve our democracy.-Ted McCoy, Austin Public Library, Austin, TX?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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