How the States Got Their Shapes

Season 1 Episode 6

Use It or Lose It

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jun 14, 2011 on The History Channel

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    • Brian: Gerrymandering to me sounds to me like a crime, like racketeering. What is that name from? What does it mean?
      Jennifer: Well, there was a Governor Elbridge Gerry in Massachusetts ... who came up with a plan of drawing districts that looked so ... out of kilter that some of the districts looked like salamanders ... It still happens today except it's happening in a more dangerous way because they didn't have computers to draw things with surgical precision like they do today. Because, in the end, what you'll hear a lot of people say is "why should the politicians pick the voters when it's supposed to be the voters who pick the politicians.

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