Carol Anderson-One Person

Carol Anderson

Bio

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller White Rage, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bourgeois Radicals, and Eyes off the Prize. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sessions

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy

In the New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.

Interviewer: Rosalind Bentley

Rosalind Bentley is an enterprise reporter at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Previously, she worked as an enterprise/feature reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Longreads, Essence and Ebony magazines and she is a Smith Fellow with the Southern Foodways Alliance. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University and received her MFA in narrative non-fiction from the University of Georgia. Rosalind’s work has been anthologized in Best American Newspaper Narratives and she was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for a special project on race relations in Minnesota.

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One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy

Finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction; long listed for the National Book Award in Nonfiction; Named one of the Best Books of the Year by Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Bustle, BookRiot, and New York Public Library.

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice. Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans.

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