America at the Ballot Box: Elections and Political History by Gareth Davies,Julian E. Zelizer

By Gareth Davies,Julian E. Zelizer

Elections are, and continually were, the lifeblood of yankee democracy. usually raucous and sharply contentious, occasionally that includes grand debates in regards to the nation's destiny, and consistently choked with dramatic moments, elections provide perception into the nature and ancient evolution of yank politics. America on the poll Box makes use of the heritage of presidential elections to light up American political democracy and its improvement from the early Republic to the overdue 20th century.

Some of the contributions in America on the poll Box concentrate on elections that led to dramatic political switch, together with Jefferson's defeat of Adams in 1800, the 1860 election of Lincoln, and Reagan's 1980 landslide victory. Others pay attention to contests whose significance lies extra within the approach they remove darkness from the wide, underlying techniques of political swap, resembling the corruption controversy of Cleveland's acrimonious election in 1884 or the arrival of tv advertisements throughout the 1952 crusade, whilst Eisenhower defeated Stevenson. one other set of essays takes a thematic process, exploring the influence of international kinfolk, Anglophobia, and political communications over lengthy sessions of electoral time. Uniting the entire chapters is the typical conviction that elections offer a special vantage element from which to view the yankee political system.

Ranging from landmark contests to much less influential victories and defeats, the essays via top political historians search to rehabilitate the ancient importance of presidential elections and combine them into the wider evolution of yankee govt, guidelines, and politics.

Contributors: Brian Balogh, Gareth Davies, Meg Jacobs, Richard R. John, Kevin M. Kruse, Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew Preston, Elizabeth Sanders, Bruce J. Schulman, Jay Sexton, Adam I. P. Smith, Sean Wilentz, Julian E. Zelizer.

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