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Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century

Jon Grinspan


The Virgin Vote traces the experiences of children and young adults from the 1840s through 1900, an era in which the most enthusiastic participants in politics came from this young demographic. During these 60 years, political campaigns provided the most entertainment that the average American was likely to have all year--and with good reason: candidates hoped to win a man’s vote early. A man’s first, or “virgin,” vote represented the moment he became a true adult. Moreover, winning a man’s virgin vote came with a supposition that a political party had won his vote forever. Therefore, knowing ... More

Keywords: youth vote, voter turnout, elections, American democracy, youth politics, popular politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627342
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627342.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jon Grinspan, author