The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America
Date and Time:
Jun 7 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Note: Event start time is Central Time (CT).


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Carol Anderson, Ph.D.

Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies, Emory University

Heather Cox Richardson, Ph.D.

Professor of History, Boston College

The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America

Activism | American History | Civil Rights | Equity | Gun Violence | History | Inequality | Law | Race | Social Justice

In The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, historian and award-winning, bestselling author Carol Anderson, Ph.D. powerfully illuminates the history and impact of the Second Amendment, how it was designed, and how it has consistently been constructed to keep African Americans powerless and vulnerable. The Second is neither a “pro-gun” nor an “anti-gun” book; the lens is the citizenship rights and human rights of African Americans.

From the eighteenth century, when it was encoded into law that the enslaved could not own, carry, or use a firearm whatsoever, until today, with measures to expand and curtail gun ownership aimed disproportionately at the African American population, the right to bear arms has been consistently used as a weapon to keep African Americans powerless – revealing that armed or unarmed, Blackness, it would seem, is the threat that must be neutralized and punished.

Prof. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author of One Person, No Vote, long-listed for the National Book Award and a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award; White Rage, a New York Times bestseller and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award; Bourgeois Radicals; and Eyes off the Prize. She was named a Guggenheim Fellow for Constitutional Studies.

Prof. Anderson will be in conversation with Heather Cox Richardson, Ph.D., Professor of History at Boston College and an expert on American political and economic history. She is the author of six books on American politics including, most recently, How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America. Prof. Richardson is a leading #Twitterstorian, explaining the historical background of modern political issues through Twitter threads; the co-editor of We’re History, a web magazine of popular history; and the author of “Letters from an American,” a nightly newsletter chronicling current events available on Substack, with tens of thousands of subscribers.

This event suitable for youth 12+. It will be recorded and available later on our website and YouTube channel.


BONUS AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of The Second from FAN’s partner bookseller The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Prof. Anderson that will start immediately after the webinar. Details on the webinar registration page.