Historian Carol Anderson on the assault to undermine voting rights

A special Big Books and Bold Ideas

A book cover and a picture of the author.
Carol Anderson is a historian, a professor of African-American studies at Emory University and an accomplished author. Her book, “One Person, No Vote” was longlisted for the National Book Award in 2018.
Photo by Stephen Nowland Emory | Cover courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing

Fifty-seven years ago this week, on Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Voting Rights Act, with Martin Luther King and other civil rights leaders looking on. It was a turning point in American history. At the time, Pres. Johnson called it “a victory of freedom for the nation.”

Thursday morning, in a special edition of Big Books and Bold Ideas, host Kerri Miller examined whether the commitment of that milestone legislation still holds all these years later, particularly as the Supreme Court takes on one case that could upend state election laws and another that challenges a key section of the Voting Rights Act. Her guide was Professor Carol Anderson, one of the nation’s foremost scholars on equity and voting and the author of “One Person, No Vote.”


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