Carol Anderson

• Bestselling author of 'White Rage' & 'One Person, No Vote'

• Human and civil rights advocate

• Expert on African American history & 20th century politics

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CAROL ANDERSON

Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of several bestselling books including One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (2018) and the critically-acclaimed White Rage (2016).

Professor Anderson is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards. Her book Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation,1941-1960 was published by Cambridge in 2014.

Her research has garnered substantial fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

She has also served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. In addition, based on the strength and accessibility of her research, the leadership at Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Eyes Off the Prize to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.

This has also led to sought after commentary in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and CNN.com that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.

Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Political Science (International Relations) and History. She earned her Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University. [📁 Carol's Press Kit]

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

Based on her bestselling book, Professor Carol Anderson chronicles 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.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, White reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow. Then there was the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carol carefully links these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition. She pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, and renders visible the long lineage of White rage, adding an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-Civil Rights in America

In this presentation, Professor Anderson explains the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans through the lens of U.S. foreign policy decisions in the 1940s and ‘50s. Based, in part, on her book, Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955.

The Danger of the Single Story: African Americans’ Anticolonialism in the Early Cold War

An academic (but engaging) presentation on the NAACP’s crusade against apartheid South Africa, 1948–1951.

Books

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

With One Person, No Vote, Carol Anderson 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.

Watch:

Carol Anderson was recently featured on two documentary efforts aiming to curb voter suppression. On Netflix: Whose Votes Counts, a series narrated and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. And the feautre-length documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy, availale on Amazon Prime.

We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide

This young adult adaptation of the New York Times bestselling White Rage is essential antiracist reading for teens.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Bestselling & award-winning work which reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960

Exploring the NAACP's key role in the liberation of Africans and Asians across the globe.

Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955

The "prize" they sought was not civil rights, but human rights.

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