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Dear Mr. Gerry: Meandering Into Elections


Mid October - November, 2018


Curated by Jennifer Govan

Designed by Carlie Zhang & Angela Perrone


As we gear up for mid terms, we take stock of the electoral process, particularly the (re)drawing of U.S. boundary districts. It’s been happening since 1812, when the Governor of Massachusetts, Elbridge Gerry, signed a bill that redistricted his state to benefit the Democratic-Republican Party to which he belonged. No contemporary strangers to the practice are New York, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, and Maryland.


What lies ahead in our turbulent political times? With primaries just under our belt, Dear Mr. Gerry: Meandering Into Elections draws attention to this critical issue from both an historical and contemporary lens.



The Books

  • Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right, by Jane Mayer
  • The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump, by Michiko Kakutani
  • Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, by Nancy MacLean
  • Drawing the Lines: Constraints on Partisan Gerrymandering in U.S. Politics, by Nicholas R. Seabrook
  • Elbridge Gerry's Salamander: The Electoral Consequences of the Reapportionment Revolution, by Gary W. Cox and Jonathan N. Katz
  • Gerrymandering in America: The House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Future of Popular Sovereignty, by Anthony J. McGann and Charles Anthony Smith
  • Gerrymandering and Voting Districts, by Rita Santos (editor)
  • It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism, by Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein
  • Lines in the Sand: Congressional Redistricting in Texas and the Downfall of Tom DeLay, by Steve Bickerstaff
  • The People's House, by David Pepper
  • Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy, by David Daley
  • The Realities of Redistricting: Following the Rules and Limiting Gerrymandering in State Legislative Redistricting, by Jonathan Winburn
  • Redistricting: The Most Political Activity in America, by Charles S. Bullock III




The Display



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