Joe Biden is the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Georgia since 1992. But the seeds of this change were sown as far back as Reconstruction, after the Civil War – and waves of civil rights activists tended them through the 20th century.

Bev-Freda Jackson, a scholar of race and politics at American University’s School of Public Affairs, explains how a large movement of Black voters made the difference. Their numbers soared in what might seem like two years, but that happened only because of decades of community organizing and voter education in Georgia.

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Politics + Society Editor

In Atlanta, people gather to dance and celebrate the election of Joe Biden as the next president. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

How Joe Biden did so well in Georgia

Bev-Freda Jackson, American University School of Public Affairs

A set of efforts that registered 800,000 new voters since 2018 may have been the key to Georgia turning blue in a presidential election for the first time since 1992.

A woman views a manipulated video that changes what is said by President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. ROB LEVER/AFP via Getty Images

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

Mark Satta, Wayne State University

A philosopher writes about why many of us are feeling tired with the constant onslaught of information coming at us.

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Why it’s important to see women as capable … of terrible atrocities

Jessica Trisko Darden, American University School of International Service; Izabela Steflja, Tulane University

Women continue to be stereotyped as passive and meek. For this reason, international courts often let women war criminals off the hook.


Cellular networks have improved rapidly over the last few decades. moodboard via Getty Images

What’s cellular about a cellphone?

Daniel Bliss, Arizona State University

A professor of wireless communications explains the origins of cellular networks and how they evolved into today's 5G networks.