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Virgin VoteHow Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century$
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Jon Grinspan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627342

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627342.001.0001

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The Way for a Young Man to Rise

The Way for a Young Man to Rise

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Virgin Vote

Jon Grinspan

University of North Carolina Press

Campaigners often considered young adults their best investment. Most of the young adults who convinced friends, spouses, or strangers to vote went unpaid and unrewarded, acting as an unofficial auxiliary of older party activists. But most youth settled into increasingly private politics in their mid-twenties, distancing their political selves from open hoopla in the street. In a time of people selling their votes and campaigns filled with lies, many saw young adults as more honest, law-abiding, and naïve. If there was one point where young Americans weighed party ideology rationally, it was in partisan chats among young adults. One clear sign that an American was no longer young was that he or she began to recruit the next generation.

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