As recent voting rights legislation struggles to even get a vote in the Senate, we revisit a conversation with historian Dr. Carol Anderson about how American voters, particularly Black Americans, had fought and continue to fight for their right to participate in the democratic process - safely and with certainty that their votes will count.
Dr. Anderson is a Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of several books including White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide (2016).
Companion listening for this episode:
The Short Life and Early Death of Voting Rights (7/12/2021)
Birth, August 1965. Death, July 2021. So now what for multiracial democracy?
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