Voting and the Spirit of American Democracy

Voting and the Spirit of American Democracy : Essays on the History of Voting and Voting Rights in America

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This overview of the historical development of the right to vote is the first to appear in over twenty years. Writing in a succinct and lively manner, leading historians and political scientists trace the history of American voting from the colonial period to the present, incorporating the latest scholarship on suffrage reform, woman suffrage, black voting rights, and electoral participation. They explain how voting practices changed over time as the result of broad historical forces such as economic growth, demographic shifts, the results of war, and the rise of political reform movements. By viewing voting within a broad historical context, this book distinguishes itself from narrow, specialized studies, making it a valuable volume for students and general more

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 153.7 x 228.9 x 9.9mm | 223.94g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252062477
  • 9780252062476

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"According to Donald W. Rogers, the history of voting rights is the story of how 'We the People' have defined ourselves, and the subject is admirably surveyed in eight accessible essays... Such grand themes as immigration and naturalization, race relations and sexual discrimination, industrialization and urbanization inevitably colored the history of voting, and that broader context gives this brief book its sweep." -- Gil Troy, Constitutionshow more