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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This was always true in American history, and never more so than during the revolution–an era of political experimentation and war in which ideas about politics possessed exceptional valence. Landowners would maximize their political power if the franchise were tied to freehold ownership, while city dwellers, shopkeepers, and artisans had righg direct interest in replacing freehold requirements with taxpaying or personal property qualifications.

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Paperbackpages. Chris Cook rated it liked it Nov 24, Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. A Very Short Introduction. Dulcinea in the Factory. Dissent and the Supreme Court.

Not only Catholics and Jews, but also Native Americans, free blacks, and nonnaturalized aliens could vote in some places and not in others. Take Up Your Pen. America’s basic claim to exceptionalismDearly white manhood suffrageDwas, according to Keyssar, part historical accident and part mistake, adopted before a European-style urban working class emerged. Overall rating No ratings yet 0.

Paupers Felons and Migrants. Christina rated it really liked it Apr 10, Winifred rated it really liked it Jan 09, The Articles of Confederation were to be scrapped; the increased–but restrained–powers of the federal government had been specified; the issues of state representation and slavery alexannder been compromised; and a great many details outlining the operation of a new republican government had been etched in parchment.

So much her is applicable to current voter suppression efforts and other debates about how and when we vote. Challenging my assumption about the history of voting in the US and the philosophical underpinnings of various approaches to voting, to say nothing of the different not so laudatory factors which have been applied as well.


May 23, Aloysius rated it really liked it. Although differently configured, city and town suffrage qualifications were not uniformly more strict or more lenient than were the qualifications for voting in the countryside.

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 voote aspired to it.

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

In a comprehensive yet highly readable study, Keyssar lays out U. Levels of enfranchisement seem to have been higher in New England and in the South alexanderr Virginia and the Carolinas than they were in the mid-Atlantic colonies especially New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland ; not surprisingly, they also tended to be higher in newer settlements than in more developed areas. I was also surprised by the groups that are still not allowed to vote.

Keyssar shows that the expansion of the right to vote was by no means unilinear. Such an interesting book on a really interesting topic.

What British leader William E. In the man or in the jackass? Jul 20, Matthew Rohn rated it it was amazing. Although the weeds can get thick, Keyssar largely chops a clear path through them. It is wise to explore those positions, to explain how otherwise virtuous citizens could take an attitude that our alexandee sensibility finds contemptuous. 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.

Who Killed the Constitution? Basic BooksJun 30, – History – pages. The nationalization of voting was made more so by the “Motor Voter Act” ofwhich expanded absentee registration and voting. Mar 31, Scott Caplan is currently reading it.

The Right To Vote The Contested History Of Democracy In The United States by Alexander Keyssar

alexandet On the eve of the American Revolution, in seven colonies men had to own land of specified acreage or monetary value in order to participate in elections; elsewhere, alexamder ownership of personal property of a designated value or in South Carolina, the payment of taxes could substitute for real estate. American democratic principles of government seem to demand that all persons with even a remote stake in government should have the right to vote. The Invention of Party Politics.


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

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.

Most Americans take for granted their right to vote, whether they choose to exercise it or not. The results was a series of judicial and national voting standards, where voting had once been entirely up to the states.

As Henry Ireton had argued in England in the seventeenth century, “if there be anything at all that is the foundation of liberty, it is this, that those who shall choose the law-makers shall be men freed from dependence upon others. On the Supreme Court. By mid-September, a constitution had been drafted and signed, and delegates began returning home to promote its ratification.

The aim alexadner to prevent voter fraud, a crime even some Republicans acknowledge rarely happens. The western world’s most durable and perhaps most celebrated written blueprint for representative government was soon to become the fundamental law of North America’s new nation.

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