For the 2015 Southern Historical Association Annual Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, I would like to form a panel on new perspectives of voting activism during the 1960s era in the South. Voter registration was clearly a major part of the southern civil rights movement on local levels, but what was its larger effect? What was the relationship between local people, national leadership, and the federal government? Why did local movements often center on voter registration as the basis for their campaigns? What did voting represent to different people? How did voting activism change after the Voting Rights Act of 1965? Were other social/economic concerns also wrapped up in voting activism, and if so, how? This panel will seek to look beyond voter registration as a singular representation of the civil rights movement and will aim to probe the deeper meanings, complexities, problems, and consequences of voting activism in the South.
The deadline for proposals is September 15, 2014. If you are interested in joining the panel, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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