Voter Suppression Past & Present | Researching Family Trees
How voter suppression started and the many forms it takes, and interest in genealogy has increased during the pandemic.
Segment 1, beginning at 4:56: Voter suppression could affect the outcome of the upcoming election.
According to analysis from Zippia.com, Missouri and Kansas are among the 10 most difficult states in which to vote. Missouri has strict rules for absentee voting and both states have controversial voter ID laws that many consider a form of suppression.
- Darius Watson, assistant professor of political science at Lincoln University
Segment 2, beginning at 34:11: Searching into one's family genealogy has become a popular pastime during the pandemic.
Many people began to research their family history when quarantining back in March. The Midwest Genealogy Center, a part of the Mid-Continent Public Library, has free resources for those digging into the past and librarians who can help people research their distant relatives.
- Cheryl Lang, manager at Midwest Genealogy Center
- David Jackson, director of the Orderly Pack Rat and author of "Kansas City Chronicles: An Up-To-Date History"