You Call This Democracy?

by Rusch Elizabeth

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Summary
A 2021 YALSA EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION FINALIST America is the greatest democracy in the world . . . isn't it? Author Elizabeth Rusch examines some of the more problematic aspects of our government but, more importantly, offers ways for young people to fix them. The political landscape has never been so tumultuous: issues with the electoral college, gerrymandering, voter suppression, and a lack of representation in the polls and in our leadership have led to Americans of all ages asking, How did we get here? The power to change lies with the citizens of this great country—especially teens! Rather than pointing fingers at people and political parties, You Call This Democracy? looks at flaws in the system—and offers a real way out of the mess we are in. Each chapter breaks down a different problem plaguing American democracy, exploring how it's undemocratic, offering possible solutions (with examples of real-life teens who have already started working toward them), and suggesting ways to effect change—starting NOW!
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Rusch tackles misconceptions about democracy beginning with the question, "Do you live in a democracy?" She says the book isn't a civics text, but it certainly clarifies what is presented in those texts. It is, perhaps, better described as an elucidating call to action, one chock full of engaging explanations, examples, charts, graphs, quotes, and names of activist groups focused on revising politically charged plots to undermine democratic processes. Furthermore, she encourages young adults to engage in issues and affect change with persistent combined voices. At the end of each chapter, she provides information about relevant activist groups. In comparison with world democracies, the U.S. ranks lower than most in percentage of voters, diversity of voters, age/racial discrimination of voters, and gerrymandering district lines. This is not a book to be digested in one sitting, but one that explores all the ways all citizens (not just youth) can become involved in democratic processes. Rusch's thorough documentation (548 notes) offers readers plenty of meat for their arguments. An excellent book to supplement (or supplant!) many civics texts."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Sociology
Juvenile Nonfiction
Publisher HMH Books2020
Language English
ISBN 9780358330691