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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Who Killed the Constitution? The Revolution and the Vote The ultimate end of all freedom is the enjoyment of a right of free suffrage. 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. Constitutional Law and the Politics of Backlash. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.

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

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, fote the franchise.

The chapter about conditions after the election reads more like an Atlantic article than a history text but still provides good info. From Jim Crow to Civil Rights.


Originally published inThe Right to Vote was widely hailed as a magisterial account of the evolution of suffrage from votw American Revolution to the end of the twentieth century. Would you like us to take another look at this review?

Freedmen of African or Amerindian descent were denied the ballot in much of the South. Apr 05, Dominic rated keyssaar it was ok Shelves: Although differently configured, city and town suffrage qualifications were not uniformly more strict or vpte lenient than were the qualifications for voting in the countryside.

The planters, merchants, and prosperous farmers who wielded power and influence in late-eighteenth-century affairs had an unmistakable interest in keeping the franchise narrow: In practice, moreover, the enforcement or application of suffrage laws was uneven and dependent on local circumstances.

The Soul of the First Amendment. State Board of Election they said just about every Southern state voting change had to ask for the government’s “preclearance” under the Voting Rights Act.

Olivia Radics rated it really liked it Jul 04, For better treatment of that, read Give us the Ballot, which is much more focused and interesting. Historians and political scientists realize that this interpretation has not always been the case. The Project of Democracy p. 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.

In the s the court, under a “totality of the circumstances” test, struck down multi-member voting districts, at-large elections, annexations, and a host of other government voting regulations as race-based and unconstitutional. Voting — United States — History.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Like Cattle and Horses. These laws almost everywhere were shaped by colonial precedents and traditional English patterns of thought. Most striking is that the language justifying exclusion in terms of unworthiness to participate or the risk ,eyssar fraud has been the same for so long. Open Preview See votf Problem?

This would give a great, an artful, or a wealthy man, a larger share in elections than is consistent with general liberty.

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You’ve successfully reported this review. But it is of greater importance to demonstrate how this attitude was consitently proven false in hindsight. Women too were prohibited from voting, because they were thought to be dependent on adult men and because their “delicacy” rendered them unfit for the worldly experiences necessary for engagement in politics.

Even Pennsylvanian James Wilson, a signer of both the Declaration of Independence and the Kegssar, and one of the more democratic of the founding fathers, described suffrage as a “darling privilege of free men” that could and should be “extended as far as considerations of safety and order will permit.

In this revised and updated edition, Keyssar carries the story forward, from the disputed presidential contest of We appreciate your feedback.