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Moral minorities and the making of American democracy

Author: Kyle G Volk
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]
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"Should the majority always rule? If not, how should the rights of minorities be protected? In Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy, historian Kyle G. Volk unearths the origins of modern ideas and practices of minority-rights politics. Focusing on controversies spurred by the explosion of grassroots moral reform in the early nineteenth century, he shows how a motley but powerful array of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kyle G Volk
ISBN: 9780199371914 0199371911 9780190609498 0190609494
OCLC Number: 870986742
Awards: Winner of Winner of the Merle Curti Award for Intellectual History from the Organization of American Historians Honorable Mention, Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians.
Description: xi, 291 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Making America's First Moral Majority --
Sunday Laws and the Problem of the Christian Republic --
The License Question and the Perils of "Pure Democracy" --
Mixed Marriages, Motley Schools, and the Struggle for Racial Equality --
"Jim Crow Conveyances" and the Politics of Integrating the Public --
America's First Wet Crusade and the Sunday Question Redux --
Epilogue: Making Democracy Safe for Minorities.
Responsibility: Kyle G. Volk.
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