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Right to Vote : The Contested History of Democracy in the United States - 00 edition

Right to Vote : The Contested History of Democracy in the United States (ISBN10: 0465029698; ISBN13: 9780465029693)
ISBN13: 978-0465029693
ISBN10: 0465029698

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ISBN13: 978-0465029686
ISBN10: 046502968X

Summary: Most Americans take for granted their right to vote, whether they choose to exercise it or not. But the history of suffrage in the U.S. is, in fact,the story of a struggle to achieve this right by our society's marginalized groups. In The Right to Vote, Duke historian Alexander Keyssar explores the evolution of suffrage over the course of the nation's history. Examining the many features of the history of the right to vote in the U.S.--class, ethnicity, race, gender, more religion, and age--the book explores the conditions under which American democracy has expanded and contracted over the years.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.S. between 1850 and 1920. Keyssar also presents a controversial thesis: that the primary factor promoting the expansion of the suffrage has been war and the primary factors promoting contraction or delaying expansion have been class tension and class conflict. less

Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Basic Books, Inc.
Year Published: 2000
International: No

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