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.




Description

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. 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

    Participants will engage in discussions led by scholar facilitators who encourage critical thinking about the subjects discussed.

    Everyone is invited to attend all sessions. It is not necessary to read the books to attend--this discussion is open to all! Register for the Zoom events.

    All sessions will be recorded and made available on the City Archives YouTube Channel after the series is complete.

    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 and Discussion Dates

  • 3/13/21 - Allan J. Lichtman, The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present
  • 3/20/21 - Martha S. Jones, Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All
  • 3/27/21 - Carol Anderson, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
  • 4/3/21 - Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen, Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy


    To register for the program and obtain more information, please review the Book Request Form.


    Program Information will be updated as it becomes available




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