Alexander Keyssar. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. New York: Basic Books, xxiv + pp. $ (paper). The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. Front Cover. Alexander Keyssar. Basic Books, Jun 30, – History – pages . Keyssar, Alexander. The right to vote: the contested history of democracy in the United States /. Alexander Keyssar p. cm. Includes index. ISBN X.

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By mid-September, a constitution had been drafted and signed, and delegates began returning home to promote its ratification. In this revised and updated edition, Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of through the campaign and the election of Barack Obama.

The right to vote : the contested history of democracy in the United States

Jun 08, Thomas Stevenson rated it really liked it. The Words We Live By. Apr 05, Dominic rated it it was ok Shelves: Historians and political scientists realize that this interpretation has not always been the case. The alexandeg debates about suffrage, held during the doldrums of late July and early August, were brief, and the final document made little mention of the breadth of the franchise.

Paupers Felons and Migrants. State Board of Election they said just about every Southern state voting change had to ask for the government’s “preclearance” under the Voting Rights Act.

The Right To Vote The Contested History Of Democracy In The United States

The War in Rhode Island. Lists with This Book. Not only Catholics and Jews, but also Native Americans, free blacks, and nonnaturalized aliens could vote in some places and not in others. Even Pennsylvanian James Wilson, a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and one of the more democratic of the founding fathers, described suffrage as a “darling privilege of free men” that could and should be “extended as far as considerations of safety and order will permit.

State Sujrage Laws 1 Books by Alexander Keyssar. By challenging Britain’s right to rule the colonies, the American Revolution sparked a far-reaching public debate about the nature and sources of legitimate governmental authority. Excerpts Chapter One In the Beginning Today a man owns a jackass worth fifty dollars and he is entitled to vote; but before the next election the jackass dies. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The breadth of the franchise in New York City, Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and Norfolk, Virginia, for example, was determined not by colonial general assemblies but by royal declaration and by the appointed officers who controlled the municipal corporations.


Publisher’s Weekly Review HAmerica’s self-image as the land of democracy flows from the belief that we’ve long enjoyed universal suffrageDor at least aspired to it.

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Keyssar shows that the expansion of the right to vote was by no means unilinear. Most Americans take for granted their right to ketssar, whether they choose to exercise it or not. That is, some people who had the right to vote had it taken away at various moments in American history. Alexandef evidence is mixed. The title should be at least 4 characters long. The second was that property owners alone possessed sufficient independence to warrant their having a voice in governance.

Mar 31, Scott Caplan is currently reading it. Want to Read saving…. If you find any of these details interesting, you should read this book.

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Winifred rated it really liked it Jan 09, A Very Short Introduction. My favorite of the books we’ve read so far for American Political History. The aim is to prevent voter fraud, a crime even some Republicans acknowledge rarely happens. Examining th Most Americans take for granted their right to vote, whether they choose to exercise it or ro.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Ultimate Federalist Papers Collection. The Long War for Control of the U. Thomas Paine also believed, in the s, that voters should be personally independent, but by the experience of two revolutions had changed his mind and led him to advocate universal suffrage. His book, Out of Workwas awarded three scholarly prizes, and his book, The Right to Votewas named the best book in U.


Most striking is that the language justifying exclusion in terms of unworthiness to participate or the risk of fraud has been the same for so long. Jason rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Board of Education Should Have Said.

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Federalism and the Constitution of Canada. In practice, moreover, the enforcement or application of suffrage laws was uneven and dependent on local circumstances. This is a masterful historical account of a complex, contradictory legacy.

Women were barred expressly in several colonies, including Virginia, but statutes elsewhere made no reference to gender, and in at least a few Massachusetts towns and New York counties propertied widows did legally vote.

Dec 18, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: These laws almost everywhere were shaped by colonial precedents and traditional English patterns of thought.

Keyssar identifies four periods: Also, though we all know how the right to vote gradually expanded, but what many of us didn’t realize was how the right to vote actually shrunk at various points in American history. If it were probable that every man would give his vote freely and without influence of any kind, then, upon the true theory and genuine principles of liberty, every member of the community, however poor, should have a vote in electing those delegates, to whose charge is committed the disposal of his property, his liberty, and his ghe.

The Alexxander to Vote: I quite enjoyed those parts, and the topic, so I’d like to get around to reading the whole thing though Gordon Wood will come first.