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Black Agenda Report radio piece on prison-based gerrymandering, 3/5ths clause

by Peter Wagner, September 18, 2009

Glen Ford has a radio commentary on Black Agenda Report that addresses prison-based gerrymandering and the 3/5ths clause of the constitution that allowed Southern Whites to cast pro-slavery votes on “behalf” of enslaved Blacks. See The Stolen Count: Prison Inmates and the Census.

Peter Wagner is Executive Director of the Prison Policy Initiative. (Other articles | Full bio | Contact)



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