Jim Crow 2.0: Voter Suppression in the 21st Century

Hosted by the Phelan United States Centre and the Department of International History

Online Public Event, United Kingdom


Professor Carol Anderson

Professor Carol Anderson


Professor Matthew Jones

Professor Matthew Jones


Focusing on the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and as recounted in her critically acclaimed book,  One Person, No Vote, Carol Anderson will follow the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination as more and more states have adopted laws and practices that suppress votes. Anderson will also explore the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans. 


More about this event

The LSE Phelan United States Centre (@LSE_US) is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Our mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.

The Department of International History (@lsehistory) teaches and conducts research on the international history of Britain, Europe and the world from the early modern era up to the present day.

Meet our speaker and chair

Carol Anderson (@ProfCAnderson) is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Nation's Divide, a New York Times Bestseller, Washington Post Notable Book of 2016, and a National Book Critics Circle Award winner. She is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955; Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960, and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy, which was long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/Galbraith Award in non-fiction. 

Matthew Jones is Professor of International History at the LSE. Among other topics, he has published books that look at decolonisation in Southeast Asia in the 1960s; the end of the first Indochina war; race and US foreign policy in post-war Asia; and British nuclear history. He was Head of the Department of International History, 2017-20.


Seminar Series: Race, Gender and Politics in the US

This interdisciplinary seminar series hosted by the LSE's Phelan US Centre and the Department of International History will unite historians and political scientists to share current research on the theme of "Race, Gender and Politics in the US in historical and contemporary perspective." Given the current rise in White supremacy, sexism, police brutality, and the global Black Lives Matter movement, scholars will reflect on the longer arch of these issues historically and how their complexity shapes our present moment.

The first seminar, Black Women and Political Leadership in the US, on 26 October 2021, led by Professor Nadia E. Brown (Georgetown) and Dr. Anastasia Curwood (University of Kentucky), will focus on the role of Black women and political leadership, highlighting the links between figures like Shirley Chisholm, who in 1968 became the first African American woman to enter Congress and in 1972 became the first African American woman to seek the nomination for president of the US from one of the major political party’s, and current US Vice President Kamala Harris.

The second seminar, The Slow Death of Sagon Penn: Police Violence in Reagan-era San Diego, on 9 November 2021, featuring Dr. Adriane Lentz-Smith (Duke University), will look at police racism and violence in early 1980s San Diego through the case of Sagon Penn.

The third seminar, Jim Crow 2.0: Voter Suppression in the 21st Century, given by Professor Carol Anderson (Emory University), will look at the suppression of voting rights in the 21st century and its intersection with the politics of race.

More information about the seminar series, Race, Gender and Politics in the US.

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Header image: "Protect Voting Rights" by Lauren Shiplett is licensed for use under CC BY 2.0

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