Current Events Book Group: One Person, No Vote

Led by staffer Jon Grand, The Book Stall's Current Events book discussion series will focus on contemporary issues, such as voting rights, health care, criminal justice, race relations, civil rights and the economy. Books will be selected to serve as a catalyst for discussion and each discussion will include recommendations for further reading. These online discussions are free but registration is required. Email to sign up.

Our second selection is One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson. 

About the Book: 

Featured in the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy; a PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Finalist; Longlisted for the National Book Award; Best Books of the Year--Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Bustle, NYPL

From 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.

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom event!
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy Cover Image
By Carol Anderson, Dick Durbin (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781635571394
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - September 17th, 2019

As featured in the documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy

PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Finalist, Longlisted for the National Book Award
Best Books of the Year--Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR, Bustle, NYPL