Anderson Quoted in ‘Forbes’ Article about Film on Stacy Abrams and Voting Rights

Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies and Associated Faculty in the History Department, was quoted in the Forbes article, “‘All In: The Fight For Democracy’ Examines The History Of Voter Suppression In The United States.” The article discusses the recently-released documentary film All In: The Fight for Democracy, which centers on Stacy Abrams, voting rights, and voter suppression. Read the excerpt below along with the full piece.

“We can’t understand where we are today without looking back. We saw in Reconstruction a moment of possibility, where African-Americans were being elected to the Senate 20 years after slavery was abolished. It was a moment of possibility and change. But America found a way to quash that optimism, and there was the rise of white terror and Ku Klux Klan violence,” says Professor of African American Studies at Emory University, Carol Anderson, one of the most memorable voices in the film. “Later, we see another moment of hope, with the passage of the Voting Rights Act, but then we see the clamp-down after Obama’s election and the rise of voter ID and exact match laws, voter purging, and a number of other insidious tactics.”