Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2014

Department 1

Africana Studies


This paper begins with three major factors that set the stage for Shelby: first, a history of the VRA; second, an overview of Northwest Austin with a focus on how it led directly to Shelby; and finally, Shelby County’s motivations for bringing the suit. An examination of racial demographics compared to statistics on voter registration and minority officeholders in Alabama and Louisiana—two states originally subject to preclearance—follows in light of the Court’s claims on the matter. A conclusion will take a brief look at laws passed since Shelby with an eye towards a future critique. [excerpt]


This paper was written for Prof. Thomas Jurney's AFS 267: Race, Gender, and the Law course, Fall 2014.