The virgin vote: how young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press,
Pub. Date:
[2016]
Language:
English
Description
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, young 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 diverse 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.
More Details
ISBN:
9781469627342
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 01782674-1e57-5831-8179-9c7062e477f7
full_title virgin vote how young americans made democracy social politics personal and voting popular in the ni
author grinspan jon
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-08-14 04:58:37AM

Solr Details

_version_ 1576240184154914816
accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author Grinspan, Jon,
author-letter Grinspan, Jon,
author_additional Jon Grinspan.
author_display Grinspan, Jon
availability_toggle_arlington Available Now, Entire Collection
available_at_arlington Central
callnumber_sort_arlington 324.70973 GRINS
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
date_added 2016-05-09T04:00:00Z
days_since_added 468
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_boost 10
format_category_arlington Books
grouping_category book
id 01782674-1e57-5831-8179-9c7062e477f7
isbn 9781469627342
item_details ils:.b19046686|.i20572281|Central Adult Nonfiction|324.70973 GRINS|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Jan 31, 2017|can||
itype_arlington Hardback
language English
language_boost 10
language_boost_es 1
lexile_score -1
lib_boost_arlington 50
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 324.70973 GRINS
local_callnumber_exact_arlington 324.70973 GRINS
local_callnumber_left_arlington 324.70973 GRINS
local_days_since_added_arlington 468
num_holdings 1
oclc (OCoLC)922912914
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central
physical 256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
popularity 2
primary_isbn 9781469627342
publishDate 2016
publishDateSort 2016
publisher The University of North Carolina Press,
rating 2.5
rating_facet oneStar, twoStar
record_details ils:.b19046686|Book|Books||English|The University of North Carolina Press,|[2016]|256 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scope_has_related_records a, arlington, c, d, g, h, o, p, s, u, v, w
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b19046686|.i20572281|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Politics, Practical -- United States -- History -- 19th century, United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century -- Social aspects, Youth -- Political activity -- United States -- 19th century
table_of_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.
target_audience Adult
target_audience_full Adult
title The virgin vote : how young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century
title_alt How young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century.
title_display The virgin vote : how young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century
title_full The virgin vote : how young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century / Jon Grinspan
title_short The virgin vote :
title_sort virgin vote how young americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century
title_sub how young Americans made democracy social, politics personal, and voting popular in the nineteenth century