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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Keyssar shows that the expansion of the right to vote was by no means unilinear. The founding fathers–and mothers, sons, and daughters–were trying to envision a new polity as well as a new state, and they felt some urgency about getting it right.

The history of voting rights in this country. 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. It is wise to explore those positions, to explain how otherwise virtuous citizens could take an attitude that our contemporary sensibility finds contemptuous.

Now gentlemen, pray inform me, in whom is the right of suffrage? The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law. Suffrage — United States — History. Women were barred expressly in several colonies, including Virginia, but statutes elsewhere made no reference to gender, and in at least a few Massachusetts towns and New York counties propertied widows did legally vote.

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

Nullification and Secession in Modern Constitutional Thought. The Invention of Party Politics. The chapter about conditions after the election reads more like an Atlantic article than a history text but still provides good info. Would you like us to take another look at this review? To guarantee that those who were dependent could not vote, several colonies formally barred all servants from the polls, while others expressly excluded paupers. How Democratic Is the American Constitution?


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

Take Up Your Pen. American democratic principles of government seem to demand that all persons with even a remote stake in government should have the right to vote. Indeed, implicit in the argument for independence was another notion, often unspoken but especially resonant in vofe colonies, where economic opportunities were believed to abound: Great foot history of voting rights in America.

That they would succeed in devising a constitution acceptable to the twelve states that had sent them not to mention Rhode Island, which had declined the invitation to attend was far from certain; several impasses were reached in the first two months of deliberation, and by the end of July, rigut of the delegates were frustrated, impatient, and tired. Furthermore, ideas–whether or not independent of interests–mattered to the haves and have nots alike.

Item s unavailable for purchase. Although the thr can get thick, Keyssar largely chops a clear path through them. Like Cattle and Horses. Political Foundations of Judicial Supremacy.

The Modern While a bit dry because gradual changes in laws can only be so dynamic, this book was still an interesting overview of the very nonlinear march towards near universal suffrage between the founding of the country and the book’s publication thf the late nineties. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Kryssar recently as the ‘s there were states that allowed non-citizens to vote.

In addition, there were limitations on the franchise that had ribht to do with social membership in the community than with a person’s independence or stake in society. Make this your default list. Mar 15, Patrick Sprunger rated it it was amazing Shelves: Also, though we all know how the right to vote gradually expanded, but what many of us didn’t realize was how th This must be the definitive history of voting in America.


The second was that property owners alone possessed sufficient independence to warrant their having a voice in governance. This is a great account of the long and twisty history of the right vte vote in the U.

A More Perfect Constitution. The evidence is mixed.

The convention’s debates about suffrage, held during the doldrums of late Alexxnder and early August, were brief, and the final document made little mention of the breadth of the franchise. On the whole, the franchise was far keyssarr 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 alexanderr percent.

This issue is a source of controversy among historians, some of whom conclude that colonial America was a land of middle-class democracy in which 80 or 90 percent of all adult white males were enfranchised, while others depict a far more oligarchic and exclusive political order.

The Supreme Court Justices. The Ultimate Federalist Papers Collection. Who Killed the Constitution? Landowners would maximize their political power if the franchise were tied to freehold ownership, while city dwellers, shopkeepers, and artisans had a direct interest in replacing freehold requirements with taxpaying or personal property qualifications.