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

Basic BooksJun 30, – History – pages. My library Help Advanced Book Search. This book is highly recommended for any student of American politics. For better treatment of that, read Give us the Ballot, which is much more focused and interesting. Also, though we all know how the right to vote alxeander expanded, but what many of us didn’t realize was how the right to vote actually shrunk at various points in American history.

Besides the Voting Rights Act in which finally opened voting in the South to blacks, the US Supreme Court went on a tear, striking down just about every requirement on voting, often with little historical or constitutional analysis behind their rulings.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Virginia Board of Election the court declared state and local poll taxes an abridgement of equal protection.

Yet the debates were not votte a self-interested shouting match between the haves and the have nots or between men who owned different types of property.

But, since that can hardly be expected in persons of indigent fortunes, or such as are under the immediate dominion of others, all popular states have been obliged to establish certain qualifications; whereby some, who are suspected to have no will of their own, are excluded from voting, in order to set other individuals, whose wills may be supposed independent, more thoroughly upon a level with each other.


The evidence is mixed. Suffrage — United States — History.

Supreme Court For Dummies. In the right to vote is being contested again. The Right to Vote: Keyssar also presents a controversial thesis: Most Americans take for granted their right to vote, whether they choose to exercise it or not. States also added lengthened “residency” requirements, demanding people live 1 to 2 years in a state before votee.

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His book, Out of Workwas awarded three scholarly prizes, and his book, The Right to Votewas named the best book in U. Only section 2 of article 1 addressed the issue directly: You submitted the following rating and review. The Invention of Party Politics. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks! And of course the constant efforts at black disenfranchisement riggt unbelievable and totally unsurprising. The arguments against womens suffrage were the most hilarious.

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

Received notions were being looked at with fresh eyes, held up against the backdrop of changed circumstances; new ideas had to be tested against models of history and human nature. For one thing, the haves were hardly unanimous in their views; nor presumably were the have nots, who left fewer written records.

The man in the mean time has become more experienced, his knowledge of the principles of government, and his acquaintance with mankind, alesander more extensive, and he is therefore better qualified to make a proper selection of rulers–but the jackass is dead and the man cannot vote.


Implicit in these arguments was the claim that alesander was not a right but a privilege, one that the state could legitimately grant or curtail in its own interest. The real narrative of the history of American liberty takes a surprising form, with Americans who never take the time to learn about the history of suffrage grow up assuming the vote was expanded systematically, steadily, and with near universal support. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

It is at least reassuring that it is usually two steps forward and one s This is a great account of the long and twisty history of the right to vote in the U.

How Democratic Is the American Constitution? Were the colonies becoming more or less democratic, in their suffrage rules? 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.

Landowners would maximize their political power if the franchise were tied to freehold ownership, while alexandeer dwellers, shopkeepers, and artisans had a direct interest in replacing freehold requirements with taxpaying or personal property qualifications.

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.