By Gareth Davies,Julian E. Zelizer
Elections are, and regularly were, the lifeblood of yankee democracy. usually raucous and sharply contentious, occasionally that includes grand debates in regards to the nation's destiny, and constantly packed with dramatic moments, elections supply perception into the nature and historic 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 concentrate on elections that led to 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 significance lies extra within the means they remove darkness from the vast, underlying techniques of political swap, reminiscent of the corruption controversy of Cleveland's acrimonious election in 1884 or the arrival of tv ads in the course of the 1952 crusade, while Eisenhower defeated Stevenson. one other set of essays takes a thematic procedure, exploring the influence of overseas family, Anglophobia, and political communications over lengthy classes of electoral time. Uniting all the chapters is the typical conviction that elections supply a distinct vantage aspect from which to view the yankee political system.
Ranging from landmark contests to much less influential victories and defeats, the essays through top political historians search to rehabilitate the historic importance of presidential elections and combine them into the wider evolution of yank 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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America at the Ballot Box: Elections and Political History (Politics and Culture in Modern America) by Gareth Davies,Julian E. Zelizer