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How to Rig an Election: The Racist History of the 1876 Presidential Contest

Check out the Featured Session with Documentary Short Film, How to Rig an Election: The Racist History of the 1876 Presidential Contest's Producer/Screenwriter Jeffery Robinson:

The most hotly contested presidential election in U.S. history did not take place in 2000, or even 2020. It took place in 1876, 11 years after the Civil War, when the country was barely unified, and bitter resentment lingered. "How to Rig an Election: The Racist History of the 1876 Presidential Contest" tells the story of an election that sealed the fate of a nation, permitting racism and racist violence to become more deeply embedded in U.S. culture and politics in ways that are still felt today. This 7-minute short was executive produced & narrated by Tom Hanks, conceived & written by Jeffery Robinson, animated by Reginald William Butler, and directed by Emily Kunstler & Sarah Kunstler.

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Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

Executive Producer:

Tom Hanks


Jeffery Robinson, Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler, Andrea Creabtree


Jeffery Robinson


Emily Kunstler, Sarah Kunstler

Sound Designer:

Coll Anderson M.P.S.E


Kathryn Bostic

Additional Credits:

Animation: Reginald William Butler, Art Design: Reginald William Butler, Narration: Tom Hanks, Sound Effects Editor: Katrina Henson, Sound Effects Editor: Matt Snedecor, Co-Producer: Diana Cherry, Co-Producer: Jenna Kelly



Andrea Crabtree

Public Film Contact:

Andrea Crabtree
The Who We Are Project
(206) 666-0343‬

Publicity Contact:

Andrea Crabtree
(206) 666-0343‬

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