From Civil War to Civil Rights: The Unending Battle to Vote - In Celebration of the Work and Life of Drew Gilpin Faust


Friday, May 30, 2014, 10:00am to 12:00pm


Knafel Center and Agassiz Theater Radcliffe Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Ever since the ratification of the 15th amendment in 1870, the United States has grappled with the ideal of universal suffrage. Recent obstacles include the Supreme Court decision invalidating key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, passage of voter-ID laws, and proposals for redistricting. This panel will explore why and how the world's greatest democracy has long struggled over which of its citizens can vote.

Daniel Carpenter RI '08 (moderator)
Allie S. Freed, Professor of Government and director of the Center for American Political Studies,Harvard University, and director of the social sciences program, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Lani Guinier '71, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Jacquelyn Dowd Hall RI '04
Julia Cherry Spruill, Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Darlene Clark Hine, RI '04, Board of Trustees Professor of African American Studies and professor of history, Northwestern University
Tony Horwitz, RI '06, author of Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War (1999) and Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War (2012)

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