Louisiana Division/City Archives
Special Collections

Who Get's To Vote

Library Reading and Discussion Program

City Archives & Special Collections
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112
504-596-2610 archivist@nolalibrary.org.


Who Gets to Vote? is a reading and discussion series, developed by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities , to engage members of the general public in conversations on the history of voting and efforts to suppress the vote in the United States. Participants will engage in discussions led by scholar facilitators who encourage critical thinking about the subjects discussed. Sessions are intended to spark dialogue around issues and themes supported by the texts, including but not limited to:

  • the expansion of voting rights since the country's founding
  • the electoral process
  • the women's suffrage movement
  • historic and contemporary voter suppression practices
  • the Voting Rights Act of 1965
  • the 2013 Supreme Court decision that invalidated key portions of the Voting Rights Act
  • the disenfranchisement of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated Americans

    While we are out of free program books, you may place a hold request for the titles through the library catalog if you are New Orleans Public Library cardholder: Library Catalog.If you are from another parish or state, be sure to check with your local public library!

    All sessions have been recorded and made available on the City Archives YouTube Channel .

    Led by Professor Lo Faber, this program was made possible through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Friends of New Orleans Public Library.

    Books, Discussion Dates, and YouTube Recordings

  • 3/13/21 - Allan J. Lichtman, The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present
    Discussion Guide

  • 3/20/21 - Martha S. Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
    Discussion Guide

  • 3/27/21 - Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
    Discussion Guide

  • 4/3/21 - Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen, Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy
    Discussion Guide

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