The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States

Professor Alex Keyssar
Matthew W. Stirling, Jr., Professor of History and Social Policy

The Eugene Genovese Prize from The Historical Society, given bi-annually, for the best book in U.S. history published in the preceding two years. Beveridge Award from the American Historical Association for best English-language book on American history and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, LA Times Book Prize and the Francis Parkman Prize

"...a magisterial and timely account of one of the most hard-won and oft circumscribed of American rights.  Drawing on a meticulous reconstruction of state voting requirements over two centuries, Keyssar acutely details the shaping of suffrage requirements by the politics of class, as well as the more familiar stories of the enfranchisement of African-Americans and women. Throughout, he vividly demonstrates that the road to expansive American voting rights has traced a bumpy, meandering, and contingent path..."  --- American Historical Association