Further Reading On The Fight To Vote

March 1867, Harper's Weekly political cartoon by American cartoonist Thomas Nast, depicting an African-American man casting his ballot into a ballot box during the Georgetown election as Andrew Jackson and others loo... March 1867, Harper's Weekly political cartoon by American cartoonist Thomas Nast, depicting an African-American man casting his ballot into a ballot box during the Georgetown election as Andrew Jackson and others look on angrily (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Philip Loring Allen, “The Multifarious Australian Ballot,” North American Review, May 1910.

Sven Beckert, “Democracy and Its Discontents: Contesting Suffrage Rights in Gilded Age New York,” Past and Present (February 2002): 116-157.

Justin Behrend, Reconstructing Democracy: Grassroots Black Politics in the Deep South after the Civil War (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017).

Rabia Belt, “Ballots for Bullets? Disabled Veterans and the Right to Vote,” Stanford Law Review (February 2017): 435-490.

Richard Franklin Bensel, The American Ballot Box in the Mid-Nineteenth Century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Charles Chesnutt, “Disfranchisement of the Negro,” in Booker T. Washington, ed., The Negro Problem: A Series of Articles by Representative Negroes of To-Day (New York: James Pott & Company, 1903).

Eldon Cobb Evans, A History of the Australian Ballot System in the United States (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1917).

Wayne Flint, “Alabama’s Shame: The Historical Origins of the 1901 Constitution,” Alabama Law Review 2001): 67-76.

L. E. Fredman, Australian Ballot: The Story of an American Reform (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1968).

Henry George, “Money in Elections,” North American Review (March 1883): 201-211.

Julian Go, “Empire, Democracy, and Discipline: The Transimperial History of the Secret Ballot,” in Kristin Lee Hoganson and Jay Sexton, eds., Powering Up the Global: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain (Durham: Duke University Press, forthcoming).

Elisha W. Green, Life of the Rev. Elisha W. Green, One of the Founders of the Kentucky Normal and Theological Institute–Now the State University at Louisville; Eleven Years Moderator of the Mt. Zion Baptist Association; Five Years Moderator of the Consolidated Baptist Educational Association and Over Thirty Years Pastor of the Colored Baptist Churches of Maysville and Paris. Written by Himself. (Maysville, Ky.: Republican Printing Office, 1888), available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/greenew/greenew.html

Jon Grinspan, The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016).

Sarah L. H. Gronningsater, “‘Expressly Recognized by Our Election Laws’: Certificates of Freedom and the Multiple Fates of Black Citizenship in the Early Republic,” William & Mary Quarterly 75:3 (July 2018): 465-506.

Steven Hahn, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003).

Joseph P. Harris, Registration of Voters in the United States (Washington D.C.: Brookings Institute, 1929).

Ron Hayduk, Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the United States (New York: Routledge, 2006).

William H. Heard, From Slavery to the Bishopric in the A.M.E. Church: An Autobiography (Philadelphia: A.M.E. Book Concern, 1928), available at http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/heard/heard.html

Jac C. Heckelman, “The Effect of the Secret Ballot on Voter Turnout Rates,” Public Choice (1995): 107-124.

Pippa Holloway, Living in Infamy: Felon Disfranchisement and the History of American Citizenship (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Morgan Kousser, The Shaping of Southern Politics: Suffrage Restriction and the Establishment of the One-Party South, 1880-1910 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974).

Philip Lampi, “A New Nation Votes,” https://elections.lib.tufts.edu/.

Jill LePore, “Rock, Paper Scissors: How We Used to Vote,” New Yorker, October 13, 2008.

Francis Parkman, “The Failure of Universal Suffrage,” North American Review July-August 1878.

Michael Perman, Struggle for Mastery: Disfranchisement in the South, 1888-1908 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001).

Donald Ratcliffe, “The Right to Vote and the Rise of Democracy, 1787-1828,” Journal of the Early Republic (Summer 2013): 219-254.

Volney Riser, Defying Disfranchisement: Black Voting Rights Activism in the Jim Crow South, 1890-1908 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2013).

Andrew W. Robertson, “Reconceptualizing Jacksonian Democracy,” Journal of the Early American Republic (Summer 2013): 317-334.

Theodore Rosengarten, All God’s Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw (Chicago: University of Chicago Press reprint, 2000.) 

Daniel P. Tokaji, “Voter Registration and Electoral Reform,” William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (2008): 354-506.

Michael Waldman, The Fight to Vote (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2017)

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