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Title The virgin vote : how young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century / Jon Grinspan.
Author Grinspan, Jon, author.
Publication Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2016]
Description 256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Call # 324.70973 G
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 227-247) and index.
Summary "There was a time when young people were the most passionate participants in American democracy. In the second half of the nineteenth century--as voter turnout reached unprecedented peaks--young people led the way, hollering, fighting, and flirting at massive midnight rallies. Parents trained their children to be "violent little partisans," while politicians lobbied twenty-one-year-olds for their "virgin votes"--the first ballot cast upon reaching adulthood. In schoolhouses, saloons, and squares, yourn men and women proved that democracy is social and politics is personal, earning their adulthood by participating in public life. Drawing on hundreds of diaries and letters of divese young Americans--from barmaids to belles, sharecroppers to cowboys--this book explores how exuberant young people and scheming party bosses relied on each other from the 1840s to the turn of the twentieth century. It also explains why this era ended so dramatically and asks if aspects of that strange period might be useful today. In a vivid evocation of this formative but forgotten world, Jon Grinspan recalls a time when struggling young citizens found identity and maturity in democracy"--Jacket.
Contents Introduction: democracy out of doors -- Violent little partisans -- The generous ambitions of youth -- My virgin vote -- The way for a young man to rise -- Every one is fifty -- Conclusion: things ain't what they used to be.
Subject Youth -- Political activity -- United States -- 19th century.
Politics, Practical -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century -- Social aspects.
Politics and government -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01919784
Politics, Practical. (OCoLC)fst01069977
Youth -- Political activity. (OCoLC)fst01183486
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1800-1899
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 1469627345 (hardcover) :
9781469627342 (hardcover) :

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