Of the People, by the People, for the People: A Documentary Record of Voting Rights and Electoral Reform (2 Volumes)

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9780313385506: Of the People, by the People, for the People: A Documentary Record of Voting Rights and Electoral Reform (2 Volumes)

In this book, primary source documents, including Constitutional provisions, federal and state laws, and U.S. court decisions, explain our voting rights and show how the law governs disputed elections and electoral reforms.


· Provides substantial commentary as well as supporting tables, charts, and graphs

· Accessible sidebar material extends and complements the text

· Includes interesting and informative photos and editorial cartoons

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About the Author:

Thomas J. Baldino is currently the interim dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA. He is also professor of political science, teaching courses in American government and politics.

Kyle L. Kreider is assistant professor of political science at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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In these volumes, authors Baldino and Kreider present the evolution of U.S. election law in historical documents. Volume 1 is subtitled Foundations of the Modern Franchise, 1660–1959, and volume 2 is subtitled The Development of the Modern Franchise, 1960–2009. Documents are grouped into chapters that follow a chronological order, although the documents themselves are not necessarily presented chronologically. There are more than 100 documents, including Supreme Court decisions, constitutional amendments, state laws, colonial charters, municipal ordinances, and party rules. A typical entry is that for “The Massachusetts Ballot Act of 1888.” It begins with a header listing the formal title of the document and date of passage along with a brief summary of its significance. (Massachusetts was the first state to adopt the secret ballot, which originated in Australia.) This header is followed by the document in full, and then an analysis of the document in electoral history. Special features of the set include tables, charts, maps, and other illustrations and 11 “Did You Know?” sidebars offering supplemental information. Both volumes contain finding tools such as the “List of Documents and Sidebars” and “Reader’s Guide to the Documents and Sidebars.” Page numbers would be helpful in the “List of Documents and Sidebars” as well as in the list of the documents prefacing each chapter, because it is hard to determine where each document’s treatment starts. The index, as well as a chronology and bibliography, are found in volume 2. These volumes supplement resources on U.S. history, law, and politics by drawing together a collection of documents on the right to vote and surrounding them with context. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. Also available as an e-book. --Jerry Carbone

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