One Person, No Vote

How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy
Narrated by: Janina Edwards
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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From the award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of White Rage, the startling - and timely - history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.

In her New York Times best seller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related 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 organising, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.

©2018 Carol Anderson, PhD (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Enlightening!

If you care about democracy in America, you must read/listen to Carol Anderson’s One Person, No Vote. I used to think that voter suppression happened only in third world democracies, but after listening to this eye-opening book I’ve learned the US has a long tradition of suppressing votes in elections. Anderson doesn’t merely make allegations; she reports on the historical record of voter suppression, which is often buried between the layers of stories that receive greater attention, and describes how American citizens are cunningly disenfranchised. Irrespective of party affiliation, every American should be appalled by just how extensive and prevalent voter suppression is. Instead, we’re fed—and believe—phony stories about voter fraud. Rather than disregard the voter fraud narrative, legislators and bureaucrats (conservatives nowadays) set laws and policies that reify “alternative facts” rather than address the real problem, which is voter suppression.

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Revealing

Carol Anderson has inspired me once again with her work! I am a history major and one of my interests is studying voter suppression in the U.S. I did not anticipate this book to so thoroughly cover voter suppression efforts in the 2018 midterms! I appreciate that she discussed the efforts of some states like Connecticut and Oregon to protect, and expand access to, the right to vote in the last chapter. There is hope for the future and the first step to achieve a better future is to combat voter suppression! Look up your state legislature and do a bill search (ex. "Connecticut legislature bill search") to see if your state is threatening voting rights and contact your representatives!

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Everyone should read this

I thought I was fairly well-informed on this topic but was shocked at what I did not know. Its content is frightening.

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VOTE BLACK

"What time of day are you going to
vote"
Great book. Shows suppression of Black xoting rights and Black Women's organized resistances
and victories in our current struggles
to abolish whiteness.

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One person, one vote

The only effective way to stand your ground against a big lie is the true facts.Immunize and weaponize yourself. Read this book, spread the truth, and VOTE.

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Exceptional

This is a terrifying look at racially motivated systematic voter suppression. The author not only provided the latest information but also a history of voter suppression.

The book is meticulously researched and well written. Anderson writes in an academic style. The 2016 presidential election was the first election held without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act. In 2013 the Supreme Court revoked parts of the Voting Rights Act. Anderson proved step by step that the low turn out of black voters for Hillary was not due to apathy but to voter suppression. Since 2016 Anderson revealed that many states have made in harder for minorities to vote and are continuing to make it even harder.

The information in this book makes me very angry at the systemic methods of voter suppression. Next it will be educated women that will be blocked from voting just because we may not agree with whoever “they” are. Just think how much better this country could be today if all this work into voter suppression were put toward solving the country’s problems.

The book is six hours and 32 minutes. Janina Edwards does an excellent job narrating the book. Edwards is an actress and specializes in the accents of Africa and the West Indies.


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who knew this is happening now?

such interesting info on voter suppression, had no ideas how systemic and insidious it still is.
the reader kept saying "disfranchised" instead of disenfranchised, which was incredibly annoying.

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Greater Power than Wealth Lies in One’s Unhindered Right to Vote

Dr. Carol Anderson has done it again with her new book! It is a must read if only to learn how the greater power, in even a flawed democracy, is in the people’s legally unhindered right to vote.

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Timely with critical information

Carol Anderson is a phenomenal historian and she writes really well. Narrated by the hugely talented Janina Edwards. A guidebook to a chance to save this democratic system.

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Voting responsibilities & rights

A most interesting history of voting from Civil War era to present day. It is well written & well documented. A great reason to vote.