Anderson Featured on “‘The Nation’s Annual Honor Roll”

Dr. Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler Professor and Associated Faculty in the History Department, was recently featured on The Nation’s 2022 Honor Roll. Author John Nichols’s described Anderson as a “Historian Who Explains Now” in the piece, titled “These Progressives Fought the Good Fight in 2021—and Gave Us Hope for 2022.” Read the magazine’s feature of Anderson below and take a look at the full list of honorees here.

The Emory University professor employs deep historical analyses to identify the roots of current crises, and in 2021 her voice was vital. In her latest book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America (Bloomsbury), Anderson revealed how the Second Amendment has been used to arm and empower white supremacists from the founding of the republic to the night Kyle Rittenhouse started shooting in Kenosha, Wis. And in a column for The Guardian on impunity, titled “White Supremacists Declare War on Democracy and Walk Away Unscathed,” Anderson explained why the Capitol insurrectionists felt so confident that they could attack the very underpinnings of our democracy. ‘American democracy’s most dangerous adversary is white supremacy,’ Anderson wrote. ‘Throughout this nation’s history, white supremacy has undermined, twisted and attacked the viability of the United States. What makes white supremacy so lethal, however, is not just its presence but also the refusal to hold its adherents fully accountable for the damage they have done and continue to do to the nation. The insurrection on 6 January and the weak response are only the latest example.‘”