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Author O'Rourke, Beto, author.

Title We've got to try : how the fight for voting rights makes everything else possible / Beto O'Rourke.

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Flatiron Books, 2022.
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 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  324.6209764 ORO    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  324.6209764 ORO    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  324.6209764 ORO    AVAILABLE
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Description viii, 211 pages ; 25 cm
Contents "I've got to try" -- This time, they voted -- Cooke County -- Pecos County -- La Salle County -- Fort Bend County -- The border, part 1 -- The border, part 2 -- Overcoming -- Forward.
Summary "In We've Got To Try, O'Rourke shines a spotlight on the heroic life and work of Dr. Lawrence Aaron Nixon and the west Texas town where he made his stand. The son of an enslaved man, Nixon grew up in the Confederate stronghold of Marshall, Texas before moving to El Paso, becoming a civil rights leader, and helping to win one of the most significant civil and voting rights victories in American history: the defeat of the all-white primary. His fight for the ballot spanned 20 years and twice took him to the U.S. Supreme Court. With heart, eloquence, and powerful storytelling, O'Rourke weaves together Nixon's story with those of other great Texans who changed the course of voting rights and improved America's democracy. While connecting voting rights and democracy to the major issues of our time, O'Rourke also shares what he saw, heard, and learned while on his own journey throughout the 254 counties of his home state. By telling the stories of those he met along the way and bringing us into the epicenter of the current fight against voter suppression, the former El Paso Congressman shows just how essential it is that the sacred right to vote is protected and that we each do our part to save our democracy for generations to come"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-211).
Subject Nixon, Lawrence A., 1883-1966.
Suffrage -- Texas -- History.
African American political activists -- Texas -- Biography.
Voter suppression -- Texas -- History.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Added Title We have got to try
ISBN 9781250852458 (hardcover)
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