New PDF release: America at the Ballot Box: Elections and Political History

By Gareth Davies,Julian E. Zelizer

Elections are, and continually were, the lifeblood of yankee democracy. frequently raucous and sharply contentious, occasionally that includes grand debates in regards to the nation's destiny, and normally packed with dramatic moments, elections provide perception into the nature and old evolution of yankee politics. America on the poll Box makes use of the background 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 specialise in elections that ended in dramatic political swap, 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 approach they remove darkness from the large, underlying strategies of political swap, resembling the corruption controversy of Cleveland's acrimonious election in 1884 or the arrival of tv advertisements throughout the 1952 crusade, while Eisenhower defeated Stevenson. one other set of essays takes a thematic method, exploring the influence of overseas kinfolk, Anglophobia, and political communications over lengthy sessions of electoral time. Uniting all the chapters is the typical conviction that elections supply 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 by way of prime political historians search to rehabilitate the historic value of presidential elections and combine them into the wider evolution of yankee executive, 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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