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voting rights



  • ‘We Were Always Men’

    by Henry Louis Gates Jr.

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Frederick Douglass understood the link between voting rights and manhood for African-Americans.



  • Letters From An American, April 4, 2020

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    Manipulating the vote has a long and shameful history in America, but modern media and computer modeling has enabled today’s Republican Party to carve out its voters with surgical precision.



  • Odds of a Contested November Election Are on the Rise

    Now that state-run electoral systems are in chaos in the midst of a pandemic, with no assurances the conditions for normal voting behavior will return by November, the odds of a contested general election (not just by Trump, but by elements of both parties) have gone up.



  • 15th Turns 150!

    The presence of new citizens in the form of formerly enslaved people forced Congress to consider what citizenship and voting actually meant. 



  • On the Trail of America’s First Women to Vote

    From 1776 to 1807, women in New Jersey had equal voting rights. Newly surfaced documents illuminate how that happened — and the origins of the messy, imperfect democracy we have today.



  • Historian Carol Anderson On Voter Suppression

    “This kind of silent, quiet bureaucratic violence, where policies are wiping out the voting rights of millions of Americans, that's the piece that is absolutely stunning for my students,” she explained.


  • Elbridge Gerry’s Monster Salamander that Swallows Votes

    by Harlow Giles Unger

    As Americans prepare to vote in local and state elections on Election Day, tens of thousands--even millions--will find their votes chewed, swallowed, and discarded by a monstrous “salamander”—the two-hundred-year-old creation of Founding Father Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts.