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Democracy by petition : popular politics in transformation, 1790-1870

Democracy by petition : popular politics in transformation, 1790-1870

Author: Daniel P Carpenter
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2021. ©2021
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Known as the age of democracy, the nineteenth century witnessed the extension of the franchise and the rise of party politics. As Daniel Carpenter shows, however, democracy in America emerged not merely through elections and parties, but through the transformation of an ancient political tool: the petition. A statement of grievance accompanied by a list of signatures, the petition afforded women and men excluded  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel P Carpenter
ISBN: 9780674247499 0674247493
OCLC Number: 1198017771
Description: xiii, 628 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Signature moments, 1846-1849 --
Eruptions and democracies --
Stirrings: Petitions, prayers, and their venues --
Petitioning in the Settler Republic: space, capital, soldiers --
First nations, first wave petitioners --
Slavery, skin, and black strategy --
Awakenings: Patriotes and rebels: petitioning and parliamentary sovereignty in French Canada --
Producers, electors, city democrats --
The coalescence of opposition: from the Bank War to Canadian reform --
Abolition and the transformation of U.S. politics --
Democracies and closures: Women contesting collectively: work, war, Iglesia, and the ballot --
The eclipse of lordship: petitioning and land tenure in the United States and Canada --
Native continuance, native governance: The closure of petition democracy in the U.S. South, 1839-1860 --
Freedom and the petitioner's democracy --
Afterword: Agendas, organization, and the democracy of petitions.
Responsibility: Daniel Carpenter.


Petitioning has a forgotten but essential role in the history of modern democracy. In the antebellum era, petitions gave North Americans, especially the disenfranchised, a critical tool to shape the  Read more...


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A tour de force of prodigious research and muscular analysis. Carpenter persuasively demonstrates that petitions were critical to the process of democratization in nineteenth-century North America. Read more...

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