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American Ballot Box in the Mid-Nineteenth Century - 04 edition

American Ballot Box in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (ISBN10: 0511207107; ISBN13: 9780511207105)
ISBN13: 978-0511207105
ISBN10: 0511207107

Summary: During the middle of the nineteenth century, Americans voted in saloons in the most derelict sections of great cities, in hamlets swarming with Union soldiers, or in wooden cabins so isolated that even neighbors had difficulty finding them. Their votes have come down to us as election returns reporting tens of millions of officially sanctioned democratic acts. Neatly arrayed in columns by office, candidate, and party, these returns are routinely interpreted as reflec moretions of the preferences of individual voters and thus seem to unambiguously document the existence of a robust democratic ethos. By carefully examining political activity in and around the polling place, this book suggests some important caveats which must attend this conclusion. These caveats, in turn, help to bridge the interpretive chasm now separating ethno-cultural descriptions of popular politics from political economic analyses of state and national policy-making.

  • Dozens of individual accounts of voting that show how popular culture shaped American democracy
  • Explains why the United States was able to combine democracy and development as a developing nation
  • Bridges the interpretive chasm between economic and religious or cultural factors influencing voters less

Edition/Copyright: 04
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year Published: 2004
International: No

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