The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States

The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States

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by Alexander Keyssar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0465005020

ISBN-13: 9780465005024

Pub. Date: 06/29/2009

Publisher: Basic Books


Originally published in 2000, The Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. In this revised and updated edition, Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of 2000 through the 2008 campaign and the election of Barack…  See more details below

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Originally published in 2000, The Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. In this revised and updated edition, Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of 2000 through the 2008 campaign and the election of Barack Obama. The Right to Vote is a sweeping reinterpretation of American political history as well as a meditation on the meaning of democracy in contemporary American life.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465005024
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
06/29/2009
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
508,066
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
Introductionxv
Part IThe Road to Partial Democracy1
1In the Beginning3
The Received Legacy5
The Revolution and the Vote8
The States and the Nation21
2Democracy Ascendant26
The Course of Things27
Sources of Expansion33
Ideas and Arguments42
3Backsliding and Sideslipping53
Women, African Americans, and Native Americans54
Paupers, Felons, and Migrants61
Registration and Immigration65
Democracy, the Working Class, and American Exceptionalism67
A Case in Point: The War in Rhode Island71
Part IINarrowing the Portals77
4Know-Nothings, Radicals, and Redeemers81
Immigrants and Know-Nothings82
Race, War, and Reconstruction87
The Strange Odyssey of the Fifteenth Amendment93
The Lesser Effects of War104
The South Redeemed105
5The Redemption of the North117
Losing Faith119
Purifying the Electorate127
Two Special Cases162
Sovereignty and Self-Rule166
The New Electoral Universe168
6Women's Suffrage172
From Seneca Falls to the Fifteenth Amendment173
Citizenship and Texes180
Regrouping183
Doldrums and Democracy196
A Mass Movement202
The Nineteenth Amendment211
Aftermath218
Part IIIToward Universal Suffrage--and Beyond223
7The Quiet Years225
Stasis and Its Sources226
Franklin Roosevelt and the Death of Blackstone237
War and Race244
"Our Oldest National Minority,"253
8Breaking Barriers256
Race and the Second Reconstruction257
Universal Suffrage268
The Value of the Vote284
Two Uneasy Pieces302
Getting the Electorate to the Polls311
Conclusion: The Project of Democracy316
AppendixState Suffrage Laws325
Notes403
Index453

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The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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One of the most precious legacies in American history is the nation's history with the right to vote, and Americans have for long touted their position as one of the most democratic nations on earth. Keyssar takes this legacy and looks at its evolution, and what he shares here is the complicated history of voting in the U. S. While it is normal for most to see the history of voting in the U. S. as a process of fits and starts that always moved forward, it wasn't. Keyssar does a good job of not only covering how the power to vote wax and waned for some, but why. If you are interested in the history of voting, this should be your first book.