American Democracy in Crisis Reviews

American Democracy in Crisis: ISBN 978-1-6782-0722-9 / eBook: 978-1-6782-0723-6
Kirkus Reviews, February 1, 2024

An overview of polarization in American political life.
The necessity of a peaceful transition of power, the personal impact of living in a polarized nation, the rapid spread of misinformation, and the threat of extremist violence are among the topics explored in this informational book about issues that have placed U.S. democracy in a state of crisis. Through a carefully scaffolded design, the author explains how the actions of rioters at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, represent “a threat to democracy” grounded in an erosion of norms that are central to democracy. Readers are also introduced to ways that voting has been disrupted: for example, through voter suppression directed at Black Southerners that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The closing chapter emphasizes how young people can be actively involved in saving American democracy by becoming involved, informed, media-literate citizens who work to expand voter turnout and speak up for what they believe in. Using personal stories, well-placed and timely photos, and statistics that highlight the full political spectrum, this text explores how preserving American democracy, including the principles of the “freedom to vote and express political opinions,” depends on people working together “for the good of society.” Rockler takes a challenging time in American history and through a professionally researched publication challenges youths: “Do not give up.”
An excellent starting point for teens to learn about a critical issue. (source notes, organizations and websites, further research, index, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)