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The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America by Carol Anderson
Publication Date: New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021
In The Second, historian and award-winning, bestselling author of White Rage Carol Anderson powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The book "convincingly places the right to use force at the center of American citizenship" (Review by Heather Cox Richardson) and reframes the debate on gun use and ownership through the lense of the human rights of African Americans. Through compelling historical narrative merging into the unfolding events of today, Anderson’s penetrating investigation shows that the Second Amendment is not about guns but about anti-Blackness, shedding new light on another dimension of racism in America.
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New York: Bloomsbury, 2017
From the Civil War to our combustible present, White Rage reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; Brown v. Board (1954) was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South and government finance of segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans, and then the election of America's first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal.
One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson; Foreward by Dick Durbin
Publication Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018
Carol Anderson, professor of African American Studies at Emory University, has detailed the history of political suppression of African Americans, in her seminal work White Rage. In With One Person, No Vote she focusses on the 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.
Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941–1960 by Carol Anderson
Publication Date: New York NY: Cambridge University Press, 2015
Bourgeois Radicals explores the NAACP's key role in the liberation of Africans and Asians across the globe even as it fought Jim Crow on the home front during the long civil rights movement. For NAACP's leaders, the way to create a stable international system, stave off communism in Africa and Asia, and prevent capitalist exploitation was to embed human rights, with its economic and cultural protections, in the transformation of colonies into nations. Bourgeois Radicals examines the toll that internationalism took on the organization and illuminates the linkages between the struggle for human rights and the fight for colonial independence.
Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944–1955 by Carol Anderson
Publication Date: Cambridge, UK; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003
In historian Carol Anderson's first book, Eyes Off the Prize she describes how African American leaders, led by the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), sensed the opportunity to launch an offensive against the conditions of segregation and inequality in America as World War II drew to a close and the world awakened to the horror wrought by white supremacists in Nazi Germany. The 'prize' they sought was not civil rights, but human rights. Only the human rights lexicon, shaped by the Holocaust and articulated by the United Nations, contained the language and the moral power to address not only the political and legal inequality but also the education, health care, housing, and employment needs that haunted the black community. But, Anderson argues, the onset of the Cold War and rising anti-communism allowed powerful Southerners to cast those rights as Soviet-inspired and the Civil Rights Movement was launched with neither the language nor the mission it needed to truly achieve black equality.
(Runtime: 100:54, June 25, 2020) An interview of Carol Anderson by Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition David W. Blight about race and voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Runtime: 1:55:12, June 14, 2019) A panel, moderated by Jackie Trimble at Montgomery City-County Public Library, with Carol Anderson and Ibram X. Kendi discussing race, cultural narratives, and creating a just world.
(Runtime: 1:15:05, June 15, 2021) A discussion, moderated by C. Nicole Mason, between Carol Anderson and Ellis Cose on the complicated history of the first and second amendments of the United States Constitution. Part of the Schomburg Center Literary Festival.
(Runtime: 1:15:50, March 16, 2016) A recording of a workshop facilitated by Carol Anderson at a conference of the American Historical Association. She describes how K-12 educators can rework their curriculum around the Civil Rights Movement to teach more comprehensive historical narratives.