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Carol Anderson


Human and civil rights advocate, bestselling author & expert on African American history and 20th century politics.

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Praise for Carol Anderson...

  • “Carol Anderson has written the most thoroughly researched and interpretively sophisticated monograph on Cold War civil rights. Eyes Off the Prize is destined to become a benchmark for the field.”

    –David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize Winner


  • “Carol was great. The UNM campus and Albuquerque Community really enjoyed her visit and her inspiring lecture.”

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ON EDUCATION
WHITE RAGE (FULL)
WHITE RAGE (FULL)
SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY

Carol Anderson: Speech Topics


① WHITE RAGE | ② WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE | ③ THE DANGER OF THE SINGLE STORY

① White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, White reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow. Then there was the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carol carefully links these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition. She pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, and renders visible the long lineage of White rage, adding an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

② When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-Civil Rights in America

In this presentation, Professor Anderson explains the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans through the lens of U.S. foreign policy decisions in the 1940s and ‘50s. Based, in part, on her book, Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955.


③ The Danger of the Single Story: African Americans’ Anticolonialism in the Early Cold War

An academic (but engaging) presentation on the NAACP’s crusade against apartheid South Africa, 1948–1951.


Carol Anderson: Books


One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

The startling--and timely--history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin … ➡︎
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Bestselling & award-winning work which reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America … ➡︎
Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation, 1941-1960

Exploring the NAACP's key role in the liberation of Africans and Asians across the globe … ➡︎
Eyes off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955

The "prize" they sought was not civil rights, but human rights … ➡︎

Carol Anderson: Bio



      

Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed White Rage, published by Bloomsbury (2016).

Professor Anderson is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards. Her book Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation,1941-1960 was published by Cambridge in 2014.

Her research has garnered substantial fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

She has also served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. In addition, based on the strength and accessibility of her research, the leadership at Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Eyes Off the Prize to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.

This has also led to sought after commentary in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and CNN.com that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.

Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Political Science (International Relations) and History. She earned her Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University.

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CAROL ANDERSON


Human and civil rights advocate, bestselling author & expert on African American history and 20th century politics.

SPEECH TOPICS

① White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Since the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, White reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow. Then there was the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House. Carol carefully links these and other historical flashpoints when social progress for African Americans was countered by deliberate and cleverly crafted opposition. She pulls back the veil that has long covered actions made in the name of protecting democracy, fiscal responsibility, or protection against fraud, and renders visible the long lineage of White rage, adding an important new dimension to the national conversation about race in America.

② When the Levees Broke: A History of Un-Civil Rights in America

In this presentation, Professor Anderson explains the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans through the lens of U.S. foreign policy decisions in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Based, in part, on her book, Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955.


③ The Danger of the Single Story: African Americans’ Anticolonialism in the Early Cold War

An academic (but engaging) presentation on the NAACP’s crusade against apartheid South Africa, 1948–1951.


BOOKS





BIO


[PRESS KIT]

Carol Anderson is professor of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed White Rage, published by Bloomsbury (2016).

Professor Anderson is also the author of Eyes Off the Prize: The United Nations and the African-American Struggle for Human Rights, 1944-1955 (Cambridge University Press), which was awarded both the Gustavus Myers and Myrna Bernath Book Awards. Her book Bourgeois Radicals: The NAACP and the Struggle for Colonial Liberation,1941-1960 was published by Cambridge in 2014.

Her research has garnered substantial fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, National Humanities Center, Harvard University, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

She has also served on working groups dealing with race at Stanford’s Center for Applied Science and Behavioral Studies, the Aspen Institute, and the United Nations. In addition, based on the strength and accessibility of her research, the leadership at Amnesty International, USA, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Ford Foundation, and others have used Eyes Off the Prize to frame and examine their human rights work in the United States.

This has also led to sought after commentary in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and CNN.com that places contemporary issues dealing with race, human rights, and politics in a historical perspective. Her Washington Post op-ed, “White Rage,” was the most widely shared for the paper in 2014.

Professor Anderson was a member of the U.S. State Department’s Historical Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors of the Harry S. Truman Library Institute and the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.

She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University, where she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Political Science (International Relations) and History. She earned her Ph.D. in history from The Ohio State University.


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