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Shape, Race, and the Politics of Drawing Legislative Districts

New book examines modern gerrymandering and questions the conventional wisdom

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Elbridge Gerry didn't invent the manipulation of political boundaries for partisan advantage, but that tactic will forever be linked to his name.

As the Democratic governor of Massachusetts in 1812, Gerry approved a contorted State Senate district...

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