The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present

The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present

by Allan J. Lichtman


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Americans have died for the right to vote. Yet our democratic system guarantees no one, not even citizens, the opportunity to elect a government. Allan Lichtman calls attention to the founders’ greatest error—leaving the franchise to the discretion of individual states—and explains why it has triggered an unending struggle over voting rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674972360
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 09/10/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 597,661
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Allan J. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History at American University and the author of many acclaimed books on U.S. political history, including White Protestant Nation: The Rise of the American Conservative Movement, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, FDR and the Jews (with Richard Breitman), and The Case for Impeachment. He is regularly sought out by the media for his authoritative views on voting and elections.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Voters and Nonvoters 1

1 The Founding Fathers' Mistake 8

2 A White Man's Republic 36

3 Constructing and Deconstructing the Vote 70

4 Votes for Women 99

5 The Absent Voter 128

6 The Voting Rights Act of 1965 147

7 The New Wars over the Vote 180

8 Reforming American Voting 231

Conclusion: The Embattled Vote 252

Notes 259

Acknowledgments 303

Index 305

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