This overview of the historical development of the right to vote is the first to appear in over twenty years. Writing in a succinct and lively manner, leading historians and political scientists trace the history of American voting from the colonial period to the present, incorporating the latest scholarship on suffrage reform, woman suffrage, black voting rights, and electoral participation. They explain how voting practices changed over time as the result of broad historical forces such as economic growth, demographic shifts, the results of war, and the rise of political reform movements. By viewing voting within a broad historical context, this book distinguishes itself from narrow, specialized studies, making it a valuable volume for students and general readers
"An Illini book."
Includes bibliographical references
Introduction : the right to vote in American history / Donald W. Rogers -- The American people as Christian white men of property : suffrage and elections in colonial and early national America / Christopher Collier -- Property and power : suffrage reform in the United States, 1787-1860 / Sean Wilentz -- Defining citizenship : immigration and the struggle for voting rights in antebellum America / Paul Kleppner -- From slavery to citizenship : blacks and the right to vote / Eric Foner -- Taking law into their own hands : voting women during reconstruction / Ellen Carol DuBois -- Constitutional politics and the feminist movement / Mary Fainsod Katzenstein -- The constitution and the civil rights movement : the quest for a more perfect union / Linda Faye Williams -- Participation in American elections / Everett Carll Ladd
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Rogers, Donald Wayne; Scriabine, Christine Brendel