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The Right to Vote: Protection or Suppression Since 1965

  • Yale University, Linsly-Chittenden Hall 63 High Street, Room 102 New Haven, CT 06511 USA (map)

This panel, moderated by David W. Blight, will discuss efforts to abridge and efforts to ensure the electoral franchise, from the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to the present. It will look at historical patterns, dating to the aftermath of the Civil War and the Reconstruction era, to examine current trends in voting suppression and attempt to place these trends in a historical context. Panelists include: Ari Berman, Senior contributing writer for The Nation and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America; Beverly Gage, Professor of History, Yale University; Isela Gutiérrez, Associate Research Director, Democracy North Carolina; and Kenneth Mack, Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law and Affiliate Professor of History at Harvard University and author of Representing the Race: The Creation of a Civil Rights Lawyer.

Sponsoring Organization: The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance & Abolition, Yale University

Co-sponsoring Organizations: Yale Law School’s Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and the Yale Chapter of the American Constitutional Society

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