Congressional Briefing: History of the Voting Rights Act of 1965

The National History Center of the American Historical Association is pleased to announce our upcoming Congressional briefing. Julian Zelizer of Princeton University and Vernon Burton of Clemson University will discuss the history of the Voting Rights Act in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Professor Dane Kennedy, Director of the National History Center, will moderate the discussion.

The briefing will examine the intended and unintended historical consequences of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The briefing will be held on Friday, December 4th, at 1 PM in the Cannon House Office Building Room 121.

Meet the Presenters

Julian E. Zelizer

Julian E. Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at New America. His most recent works include Governing America: The Revival of Political History and The Fierce Urgency of Now (2015). He has edited and co-edited 10 books on a number of topics about American politics. In addition to his scholarly articles and book chapters, Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. He has published over five hundred op-eds, including his weekly column on He has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, New America, and the Russell Sage Foundation.

His works include:


Vernon Burton

Orville Vernon Burton is Creativity Professor of Humanities, Professor of History, Sociology, and Computer Science at Clemson University. He is emeritus University Distinguished Teacher/Scholar, University Scholar, and Professor of History, African American Studies, and Sociology at the University of Illinois. In 2007 the Illinois State legislature honored him with a special resolution for his contributions as a scholar, teacher, and citizen of Illinois. Burton is author or editor of more than 20 books, 200 articles, and numerous digital humanities projects. Burton was selected nationwide as the 1999 U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year. He has served as president of the Southern History Association and the Agricultural history Society.

His works include: