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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Remarkably, this new constitution, born in celebration of “republican government,” did not grant alexannder the right to vote. 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. Examining th Most Americans take for granted their right to vote, whether they choose alrxander exercise it or not.

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This would give a great, an artful, or a wealthy keysar, a larger share in elections than is consistent with general liberty. Mar 31, Scott Caplan is currently reading it.

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

The tl narrative of the history of American liberty takes a surprising form, with clearly delineated pickets and factions alligned in favor of or opposition to democracy itself. Paupers Felons and Migrants. There was an error while adding voote following items. Indeed, implicit in the argument for independence was another notion, often unspoken but especially resonant in the colonies, where economic opportunities were believed to abound: While there were eras of genuine progress in expanding the franchise, there were also eras when voting rights were taken away from some groups that had previously voted.


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Please review your cart. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Refresh and try again. Various historical dynamics, such as economic development, immigration and class relations, underlie this periodization, expressed, Keyssar says, in shifting ideologies: The Heritage Guide to the Constitution.

Choice Review Keysssar democratic principles of government seem to demand that all persons with even a remote stake in government should have the right to vote. 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.

Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Paperbackpages. It shows that the right to vote was actually never a constitutional guarantee and though the Arc of the right to vote does eventually bend alexanver full suffrage, it went through some back alleys first. The nationalization of voting was made more so by the “Motor Voter Act” ofwhich expanded absentee registration and voting.

A common conception is that only adult, white males shared in the original franchise. A More Perfect Constitution. For better treatment of that, read Give us the Ballot, which is much more focused and interesting. The Project of Democracy. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Originally published inThe Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from the American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century.

Sometimes this argument was given a negative cast, with proponents insisting that the propertyless, if enfranchised, would constitute a menace to the maintenance of a well-ordered community.


Yet the debates were not simply a self-interested shouting match between the haves and the have nots or between men who owned different types of property. You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: Who Killed the Constitution? James rated it really liked it Dec 15, Another common assumption about voting rights in this country is that they expanded only in the steady direction of increasing the eligible population.

Return to Book Page. It was a pendulum of suffrage expansion and contraction. These concerns also prompted other restrictions on voting. 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.

Such an interesting book on a really interesting topic. Other editions – View all The Right to Vote: The Supreme Court Justices. The Invention of Party Politics. The conflict over the franchise that erupted during the revolution involved–as such conflicts always would–both interests and ideas.

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

The evidence is mixed. 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. Shmoop US History Guide: No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! Keyssar’s state-by-state study of voting rights shows the fallacy of that conception.