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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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Virgin Vote
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Jon Grinspan

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627342.003.0008

The fundamental premise driving the virgin vote was that democracy is social. The key to getting young people involved in politics, regardless of brain chemistry or shopping habits, is to raise them in a culture that cares. And young people simply won’t vote if politics feels distant from their present selves and from their hopes for the future. The simplest lesson in increasing young Americans’ involvement in politics is to think long-term; one election cycle is not enough to build the interest, the aspiration, and the need to vote.

Keywords:   youth politics, voter turnout, education, young Americans

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