RACIST HISTORY OF FELONS DISENFRANCHISMENT PART 2-Andrew Stelzer

07/16/04

PART 2

Chris Uggen is the co-author of a study called “Felony Voting Rights and the Disenfranchisement of African Americans.�, in which he and fellow researcher found that disenfranchisement laws were often linked to slavery and efforts to keep black people from participating in the electoral process. Only 7 states still have laws that prevent automatic restoration of voting rights to felons, many other states had laws which were changed in the last 40 years. In this, the second of a two part interview, WMNF asked Uggen about the political changes of the 1960’s, and why some states laws preventing ex-felons from voting survived the civil rights movement.

UGGEN PART 2

To view Chris Uggen’s research, you can go to wmnf.org for web addresses.

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