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.

Author: Meztile Taushicage
Country: Austria
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Personal Growth
Published (Last): 2 April 2009
Pages: 193
PDF File Size: 15.88 Mb
ePub File Size: 7.83 Mb
ISBN: 630-8-16002-782-9
Downloads: 15386
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Mull

Refresh and try again. 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. Union Free School District they struck down property or parentage requirements for voting in school districts and declared all voting restrictions would have to meet “strict scrutiny” standards.

In fact, enfranchisement varied greatly by location. Jan 27, Lily rated it really liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Although the Civil War temporarily enfranchised blacks in the South, allowed for the first riht voting by soldierskeyssar also led some states to pass “declarant alien” laws allowing even some noncitizens to vote, it was followed by increasing residency requirements for local areas including preventing students from voting in their college townsand increasing property requirements for voting in some local or municipal elections, and of course a violent repression and increasing level of poll taxes, literacy requirements and residency requirements in the South.


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

The Right to Vote: In Irght Right to Vote, Duke historian Alexander Keyssar explores the evolution of suffrage over the course of the nation’s history. Make this your default list. Keyssar presents convincing evidence that the history of the right to vote has not been one of a steady history of expansion and increasing inclusion, noting that voting rights contracted substantially in the U.

No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Library Locations and Hours. Alexander Keyssar demonstrates how the conservative band of the first American political spectrum opposed challenging the colonial status votr of limiting to vote to property rich, adult, white males. The results was a series of judicial and national voting standards, where voting had once been entirely up to the states.

Lists with This Book. How to write a great review.

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

On the whole, the franchise was far more widespread than it was in England, yet as the revolution approached, the rate of property ownership was falling, and the proportion of adult white males who were eligible to vote was probably less than 60 percent.

The conflict over the franchise that erupted during the revolution involved–as such conflicts always would–both interests and ideas.

If you find any of these details interesting, you should read this book. State Sujrage Laws 1 Christina rated it really liked it Apr 10, Dec 18, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: Levels of enfranchisement seem to have been higher in New England and in the South especially 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.


Throughout the ex-colonies, political leaders put forward several different arguments–some traditional, at least one new–to justify the retention of restrictions, particularly property restrictions, on the franchise. The Revolution and the Vote The ultimate end of all freedom is the enjoyment of a right of free suffrage.

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

Federalism and the Constitution of Canada. That’s Not What They Meant! Shmoop US History Guide: The breadth of the franchise rigbt 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.

Books by Alexander Keyssar.

In the man or in the jackass? We assume the opponents to universal suffrage were Archie Bunker types, recalcitrant members of an insecure old guard.

Jason rated it it was amazing Nov 20, Summary Most Americans take for granted their right to vote, whether they choose to exercise it or not. The Invention of Party Politics. The Right to Vote: