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

By: Dick Durbin, Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin


Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing

Format: Hardcover | ISBN: 9781635571370

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On Sale: | Pages: 288

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PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Finalist, Longlisted for the National Book AwardBest Books of the Year--Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Bustle, NYPLFrom the award-winning, NYT bestselling author of White Rage, the startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin, now with a new afterword by the author. 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. In a powerful new afterword, she examines the repercussions of the 2018 midterm elections. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans.
“One Person, No Vote” is an important sequel to Anderson's “White Rage,” which examined the nefarious ways white America sought to oppress, repress and marginalize African Americans after the Civil War.... While Anderson notes some progress in battling voter suppression, she remains clear-sighted about the continuing dangers.
—Washington Post
Anderson, a professor of African-American studies at Emory University, has written a slender volume that is one part historical primer and one part spirited manifesto, and is clearly timed for the midterms.... “One Person, No Vote” reads like a speedy sequel of sorts to her previous book, the elegant and illuminating best-seller “White Rage” (2016), which traced how periods of black progress have so often triggered a backlash that “wreaks havoc subtly, almost imperceptibly” through the legislatures and courts.
—New York Times
"One Person, No Vote" is slim � 160 pages (followed by more than 100 pages of notes and index) � but it punches above its weight, like a lecture from a professor with superb command of language. Anderson's storytelling shines when recounting Alabama's special Senate election in 2017, a high point of black political clout, and she ends on a high note: ongoing state-level efforts to expand the vote. Those chapters, thankfully, blunted my vandalistic impulse. Still, the book reminded me of the classic anti-establishment expression: If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.
—Minneapolis Star Tribune
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