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PIPE Workshop: Michael Olson, Washington University in St. Louis
"Restoration” and Representation: Legislative Consequences of Black Disfranchisement in the American South, 1879-1916

The restriction of African Americans' voting rights in the U.S. South in the decades following Reconstruction is the most significant instance of democratic backsliding in American history. Despite this, it remains unclear whether and to what extent formal disfranchising institutions impacted legislative representation. In this study, he explores disfranchisement's consequences using original state legislative roll call data from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries consisting of more than 19,000 unique roll calls. He combines these data with insights from historical sources to describe the issue positions that structured southern state legislative politics. Using ideal point estimates in a panel design, he demonstrates that disfranchisement was associated with large shifts in roll call voting, generally away from African American preferences.

Michael Olson is assistant professor of political science Washington University. Olson completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Harvard University, and B.A. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University.

DISCUSSANT: David Bateman, Cornell University

SPECIAL NOTICE: This event will be live closed captioned, in some instances using AI technologies and, therefore, may not be fully accurate. It is requested that individuals requiring auxiliary aids such as sign language interpreters and alternative format materials notify Anne Johnson, bedrosian.center@usc.edu, no later than 72 hours in advance of event. Upon request, a full transcript is available after the event by emailing bedrosian.center@usc.edu. Every reasonable effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations in an effective and timely manner.

Nov 9, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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