Carol Anderson's ONE PERSON, NO VOTE
Join us for a reading and discussion with Carol Anderson
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy
Carol will be joined in conversation by Professor Camille Z. Charles
From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.
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 as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.
Praise for One Person, No Vote
“This whiplash-inducing chronicle of how a nation that just a few short years ago elected its first black president now finds itself in the throes of a deceitful and craven effort to rip this most essential of American rights from millions of its citizens.” – Starred Review, Booklist
“A ripped-from-the-headlines book . . . Anderson is a highly praised academic who has mastered the art of gathering information and writing for a general readership, and her latest book could not be more timely.” – Kirkus
“In White Rage, a New York Times best seller that won the National Book Critics Circle Award,Emory professor Anderson chronicled efforts since 1865 to block the advancement of African Americans. Here she concentrates on efforts to curtail the African American vote since the 2013 Shelby ruling gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Anderson considers both consequences--e.g., photo ID requirements, poll closures--and means of redress.” – Library Journal, Barbara's Nonfiction Picks for September 2018
“Most of us are well aware that there is something fundamentally broken about the way we vote--but not why. In One Person No Vote, Carol Anderson offers up a timely, powerfully written, and comprehensive indictment of the (relatively recent) history of brutal race-based vote suppression, and its many modern iterations--from voter ID requirements and voter purges, to fraudulent election fraud commissions and stolen elections. Along the way Anderson traces the rise and fall of the landmark Voting Rights Act and how the Supreme Court continues to blinker itself to the ways in which American elections are neither free nor fair, and how the dignity of states and white voters continues to be privileged above the franchise itself. A must-read for anyone wondering why voting is the most important issue we continue to misapprehend.” – Dahlia Lithwick, Chief Legal Correspondent for SLATE and host of the Amicus podcast
Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of White Rage, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, Bourgeois Radicals, and Eyes off the Prize. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Camille Z. Charles is Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, Africana Studies and Education and Director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Charles’ research interests and expertise are in the areas of racial inequality and elite higher education; including the diverse origins and experiences of Blacks at elite colleges and universities, racial residential segregation, racial attitudes and intergroup relations, and racial identity. She is author of Won’t You Be My Neighbor: Race, Class and Residence in Los Angeles, and co-author of The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities and of Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial, and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities.
Errin Haines Whack is the Associated Press' National Writer on Race and Ethnicity. An award-winning journalist focused on the intersection of race, politics and culture, including civil and voting rights, the black electorate, and the emerging modern protest movement, she has previously worked at The Washington Post, The Orlando Sentinel and The Los Angeles Times. Originally from Atlanta, Errin is based in Philadelphia with her husband, Lee, and their dog, Ginger.
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