The Right to Vote and the Rise of Democracy, 1787-1828

  title={The Right to Vote and the Rise of Democracy, 1787-1828},
  author={Donald J. Ratcliffe},
  journal={Journal of the Early Republic},
  pages={219 - 254}
  • D. Ratcliffe
  • Published 17 April 2013
  • History
  • Journal of the Early Republic
Historians and political scientists continue to emphasize the connection between the expansion of the suffrage to almost all adult white males and Andrew Jackson's election to the presidency in 1828. That interpretation has the unfortunate effect of preventing general appreciation of what has been clear to specialists for decades, that the suffrage had significantly expanded and the United States become in many ways a functioning democracy long before 1815. Even before the Revolution at least… 
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