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Does Every Vote Count in America? U.S. Elections and the Quest for Black Political Empowerment

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This lecture is part of our event series US-Wahlen 2020



For more than 150 years, African Americans have regarded their right to vote as one of the most important tools to obtain more justice and equality. However, even though the 15th Amendment of the US Constitution (1870) prohibited excluding anyone from voting on account of “race, color or previous condition of servitude”, white supremacists in the US South were able to disenfranchise almost all black citizens in their states until the mid-1960s. Much progress has been made since then, and the success of black political empowerment includes the election of Barack Obama in 2008. However, significant barriers to full parity of African Americans still persist and contribute to continuing racial inequality to this day. The lecture will examine causes and manifestations of this development as well as the significance of the black vote for the upcoming election in November 2020.



Britta Waldschmidt-Nelson is Professor of Transatlantic History and Culture at the History Department of the University of Augsburg.  Before joining the Augsburg faculty in 2016, she served as Deputy Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. for five years, and from 1994 to 2011, she taught American history at the University of Munich. She has also been a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at numerous universities in Europe and the United States. Professor Waldschmidt-Nelson’s research focuses on Transatlantic Relations, African American Studies, Gender, and Religious History.



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Organizers: Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations, Bayernforum der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


Contact: Dominik Raabe, Joanna King


(Photo: Britta Waldschmidt Nelson © Britta Waldschmidt Nelson)


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