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

By Gareth Davies,Julian E. Zelizer

Elections are, and continuously were, the lifeblood of yank democracy. usually raucous and sharply contentious, occasionally that includes grand debates in regards to the nation's destiny, and at all times packed with dramatic moments, elections provide perception into the nature and ancient evolution of yankee 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 past due 20th century.

Some of the contributions in America on the poll Box specialize in elections that ended in 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 value lies extra within the manner they remove darkness from the huge, underlying techniques of political swap, resembling the corruption controversy of Cleveland's acrimonious election in 1884 or the appearance of tv ads throughout the 1952 crusade, while Eisenhower defeated Stevenson. one other set of essays takes a thematic method, exploring the effect of overseas kinfolk, Anglophobia, and political communications over lengthy classes of electoral time. Uniting all the chapters is the typical conviction that elections offer a different vantage aspect from which to view the yank political system.

Ranging from landmark contests to much less influential victories and defeats, the essays via top political historians search to rehabilitate the historic value of presidential elections and combine them into the wider evolution of yankee govt, rules, 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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