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The Right to Vote

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1870)

 

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.  Nineteenth Amendment (1920)

 

The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any
primary or other election . . . shall not be denied or abridged . . . by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Twenty-fourth Amendment (1964)

 

The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of age. Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971)

Abraham Lincoln best described democracy as “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” For that government to be “by the people,” however, requires that the people decide who shall be their leaders. Without free and fair elections, there can be no democratic society, and without that constant accountability of government officials to the electorate, there can, in fact, be no assurance of any other rights. The right to vote, therefore, is not only an important individual liberty; it is also a foundation stone of free government. Source: http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/rightsof/vote.htm

History of Voting

1776 When this country announced its independence from Britain, voting rights were based on property ownership. This typically meant that those voting were white males over the age of 21 of Protestant religion.

1787 In the newly drafted Constitution, states were given the power to set voting mandates and most were still favorable to white males who owned property.
1830 Many states had dropped religion and property ownership as requirements for voting and with such a large percentage of the population at the polls, political parties were beginning to develop.
1868 The 14th Amendment recognizes African Americans as citizens, giving them the right to vote. However, state officials continue attempts to deny this right.
1870 African Americans were given the right to vote in the 15th Amendment. It prohibited any state or local government from denying that right.
1890 Wyoming becomes the first state to recognize women’s right to vote and provide for it in a state constitution.
1913 Voting power is expanded with 17th Amendment, calling for the popular election of US. senators.
1920 The 19th Amendment was added to the Constitution, giving women across the nation the right to vote.
1940 Congress recognizes Native Americans as citizens. However, it wasn’t until 1947 that all states granted them the right to vote.
1964 The 24th Amendment declares that no person should be denied the right to vote because they cannot pay a “poll tax.”
1965 An amendment to the Voting Rights Act bans the use of literacy tests, poll taxes and other obstacles designed to keep people from voting.
1971 The voting age is lowered to 18.
Source: http://www.flaglerelections.com/kids/history.html

Banned Books Week Proclamation: Sep 24-Oct 1, 2012

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms; and

WHEREAS, privacy is essential to the exercise of that freedom, and the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others; and

WHEREAS, the freedom to read is protected by our Constitution; and

WHEREAS some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society; and

WHEREAS, both governmental intimidation and the fear of censorship cause authors who seek to avoid controversy to practice self-censorship, thus limiting our access to new ideas; and

WHEREAS, every silencing of a heresy, every enforcement of an orthodoxy, diminishes the toughness and resilience of American society and leaves it less able to deal with controversy and difference; and

WHEREAS, Americans still favor free enterprise in ideas and expression, and can be trusted to exercise critical judgment, to recognize propaganda and misinformation, and to make their own decisions about what they read and believe, and to exercise the responsibilities that accompany this freedom; and

WHEREAS, intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture; and

WHEREAS, conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend; and

WHEREAS, the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year as a reminder to Americans not to take their precious freedom for granted; and

WHEREAS, Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the AUM Library celebrates the American Library Association’s Banned Books Week, Sep 24-Oct 1, 2012, and be it further

RESOLVED, that the AUM Library encourages all libraries and bookstores to acquire and make available materials representative of all the people in our society; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the AUM Library encourages free people to read freely, now and forever.

Banned Books Week

September 24−October 1, 2011
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/index.cfm
Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week. BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings. Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections. Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores. It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. In 2011, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund; National Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; and PEN American Center also signed on as sponsors.
For more information on getting involved with Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, please see Calendar of Events, Ideas and Resources, and the new Banned Books Week site. You can also contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or bbw@ala.org.

Ahoy Maties, it be talk like a pirate day!

“T’ celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day here at AUM, stop by t’ Library and check out these books and more about pirates from t’ Golden Age o’ Piracy.”
The history of Blackbeard & Roche, two noted pyrates: being an account of their robberies and murders, and their final overthrow / written by Capt. Charles Johnson.
The history of the pirates: containing the lives of those noted pirate captains, Misson, Bowen, Kidd, Tew, Halsey, White, Condent, Bellamy, Fly, Howard, Lewis, Cornelius, Williams, Burgess, North, and their crews : also, an account of the piracies and cruelties of John Auger, William Cunningham, Dennis Mackarthy, William Dowling, William Lewis, Thomas Morris, George Bendall, and William Ling, who were tried, condemned and executed at Nassau, New-Providence, on Friday, the 12th of October, 1718 : to which is added, a description of Magadoxa, in Ethiopia. By Capt. Charles Johnson
Blackbeard, or, The captive-princess: A present for the New-Year, 1815
The voyages and adventures of Edward Teach [electronic resource] : commonly called Black Beard, the notorious pirate / by S. Wilkinson ; with an account of the origin and progress of the Roman, Algerine and West India pirates
Check out t’ offical Talk Like a Pirate Day website.
http://www.talklikeapirate.com/piratehome.html

Textbooks in the Library!

Textbooks in the Library!
The AUM SGA has made it possible for textbooks to be available in the library. Students will be able to check-out the textbooks at the circulation desk on the 1st floor in the Library by presenting their AUM Student ID. However, the textbooks can only be used in the Library and only in two-hour increments.
Special thanks to the SGA for making this possible!
AUM SGA Textbook Reserve Program core courses by school:
School of Business:
ECON 2010 Economics I
ECON 2020 Economics II
INFO 2070 Introduction to MIS
School of Liberal Arts:
COMM 1010 Introduction to Human Communication
HIST 1010 World History I
HIST 1020 World History II
MUSI 2110 Music Appreciation
SOCI 2000 Introduction to Sociology
THEA 2040 Theatre Appreciation
VISU 1000 Art Appreciation
School of Sciences:
BIOL 1010 Principles of Biology I
BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology II
CHEM 1100 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1200 General Chemistry II
MATH 0700 Elementary Algebra
MATH 0800 Intermediate Algebra
MATH 1100 Finite Mathematics
MATH 1150 Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry
PHYS 2100 General Physics I
PHYS 2200 General Physics II
POLS 2020 Institutions of American State and National Government
PSCI 1100 Introduction to Physical Science
PSCI 1400 Introduction to Astronomy

Welcome to AUM!

Willkommen, Hoş Geldiniz, Bienvenido, Bun venit, Foon ying, Ahlan wa Sahlan,
Welcome to AUM!
Whether you’re a returning student or a first term Freshman, the AUM Library wants to help you get the most out of your experience this semester. So be sure to check out our blog for helpful advice for the first weeks of school, and keep coming back throughout the semester for more tidbits and information.
Did you know?
AUM has over 50 clubs and student organizations on campus
AUM has several campus traditions: Welcome Week, AUMFest, Homecoming, Mardi Gras, Greek Week, Harvest Moon Festival, and SpringFest
AUM’s Campus Activity Board (CAB) sponsors campus events such as Drive-in Movies, Annual Comedy Night, BBQs, Game Shows, and Free Food!
AUM has a diverse student body. Students at AUM come from over 30 countries around the world!
AUM has programs of study in more than 90 areas, and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
AUM’s Library is a great place to study, we have a computer lab on the 2nd floor and individual and group study rooms throughout the tower.

Thanks for the Memories, Harry

“You’re a wizard, Harry!”
Do you remember the first time you read that passage or watched it unfold on screen? It still gives me goosebumps, and I’ve read the books and watched the movies multiple times, as I’m sure many of you have as well. This Friday, July 15th, marks the end of an era with the final installment of the Harry Potter movies with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. And while the movies and books have played out their final chapters, Harry Potter will continue to reach new generations of muggles and ensnare them with his magical abilities, his loyalty, his bravery and his sacrfice, and yes, even his flaws. And so, it is with heavy hearts and weepy eyes that we bid Harry, Ron and Hermione farewell; that is until the next time we pick up a book or watch a movie that transports us back into their magical world. Thanks for the memories!
Take a look back at all of the Harry Potter movies here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/all-the-harry-potter-movi_n_894411.html?ref=fb&src=sp
You can also check out the books here at the AUM Library:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Call number R884ha 6th floor
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Call number R884hab 6th floor
DVD can be found on the 2nd floor in the Media Collection
PN1997 .H377 2003
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Call number R884hac 6th floor
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Call number R884had
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Call number R844hae
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Can be found on the 2nd floor in the Browsing Collection
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Can be found on the 2nd floor in the Browsing Collection
And if you still want to learn more about Harry Potter, check out these titles:
http://aum.lib.auburn.edu/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?Search_Arg=harry+potter&SL=None&Search_Code=FT*&PID=cdylUYZqd1sfmc9f2TbS0qSGs&SEQ=20110712133907&CNT=50&HIST=1

Alabama author Wayne Greenhaw (1940-2011)

The AUM Library is saddened by the loss of Alabama author Wayne Greenhaw, who passed away May 31st. The AUM Library Archives & Special Collections Department is home to the Wayne Greenhaw Collection, which includes drafts of his manuscripts, photocopies of articles that he wrote for the Alabama Journal, as well as stories that appeared in the New York Times and other newspapers. Also in the collection is correspondence with publishers and close friends.
http://www.encyclopediaofalabama.org/face/Article.jsp?id=h-2522

Tornado Relief Efforts

In response to the tragedy and devastation that occured across Alabama this week, we’ve listed some helpful links for those directly affected and for those who want to help in whatever way they can. Thank you for your continued support throughout this difficult time for our state.
United Way of Central Alabama:
http://www.uwca.org/
Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund:
http://www.servealabama.gov/2010/2011%20Tornadoes/Response.aspx
Convoy of Hope:
http://www.convoyofhope.org/go/how/donate
Alabama Tornado Relief:
http://www.causes.com/causes/608753
Another way to help: “Text “FOOD” to 27722 to donate $10 to West Alabama Food Bank, which is helping feed tornado victims
You can also find information and resources on other ways to help at http://libguides.aum.edu/helpBama

Celebrate National Library Week at the AUM Library!

This week is National Library Week, and the AUM Library is celebrating by offering those with library fines the chance to help the hungry. Come pay off your overdue fees April 11-16 by donating non-perishable food items, which the Library will give to the Montgomery Food Bank. Bring only items that are canned or boxed and not dented, opened or expiring soon. Donations will apply only to overdue fees and not lost item replacement or processing fees.
And the best part – you don’t have to owe any fees to donate! For more information, visit the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the Library Tower.
The Library would also like to invite everyone to “Spring into Reading” at its National Library Week open house on Tuesday at 1 p.m. with refreshments in the lobby on the first floor. While you are there, hop on up to the second floor and check out the Learning Center’s new location, room 225.