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

Longlist, National Book Awards 2018 for Nonfiction

One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson book cover
ISBN 9781635571370
Bloomsbury Publishing
Dr. Carol Anderson. (Photo credit: Emory Photo)
Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of several award-winning books, including the New York Times bestseller White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide; One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying our Democracy, which was Longlisted for the National Book Award; and The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America. More about this author >

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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. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.