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The politics of community : migration and politics in antebellum Ohio /
Kenneth J. Winkle.
imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
description
xiii, 239 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. --
ISBN
0521343720
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imprint
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1988.
isbn
0521343720
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
2829342
 
Bibliography: p. 220-234.
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Appeared in Choice on 1989-04:
A significant contribution to both social and political history. Winkle uses known information--that mid 19th-century Americans were a geographically mobile people--to reveal many unknown aspects. By focusing upon population changes occuring in eight disparate Ohio townships, Winkle demonstrates that population turnover was greater than anything revealed by the decennial censuses, that in-migration was by far the most important influence upon community growth and decline, and that long-distance migration, especially, was the engine of population increase for both urban and rural areas. Winkle combines deft writing with an artful use of poll books and mid-century Ohio's quadrennial voter ennumerations to show far more than the usual analyses of the manuscript census. Winkle also demonstrates how judicial interpretation of the laws came to accommodate Americans' mobility by gradually accepting a personal, volitional definition of residency. At the same time, he indicates how legislative leaders sought to regulate migrants' access to the franchise in the interest of party stability and how, in each community, a small core of nonmigrants could exercise long-term political control. No future study of voter behavior in antebellum America can afford to overlook Winkle's conclusions. Upper-division undergraduates and above. -D. T. Knobel, Texas A & M University
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Professor Winkle explores the influence of migration on rules of suffrage, conduct of elections, patterns of voting, recruitment of political leaders, and local party organizations, as they all emerged before the Civil War.
Main Description
Before the Civil War, millions of migrants streamed westward into and through the Midwest, challenging the stability of the fledgling communities throughout that region. The Politics of Community examines the impact of westward migration on political development and behaviour in Ohio, the most populous midwestern state during the nineteenth century. After 1815, the political participation of wave after wave of migrants posed continual challenges to the stability of the state's political system and especially to the conduct of politics within the communities. As a result, Ohio's politicians, jurists, and voters reassessed many of their basic political assumptions and altered their political institutions and rules to take account of the substantial number of transient voters. Professor Winkle explores the influence of migration on rules of suffrage, conduct of elections, patterns of voting, recruitment of political leaders, and local party organizations, as they all emerged before the Civil War.
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Professor Winkle explores the influence of migration on rules of suffrage, conduct of elections, patterns of voting, recruitment of political leaders, and local party organizations, as they all emerged before the Civil War. Overall, migration provoked a searching reassessment antebellum Midwest and helped to shape the development of a more 'modern' and equitable political system.
Main Description
This book examines the impact of westward migration on political development and behavior in Ohio, the most populous midwestern state during the nineteenth century. Professor Winkle explores the influence of migration on rules of suffrage, the conduct of elections, patterns of voting, recruitment of political leaders, and local party organizations as they all emerged before the Civil War.
Table of Contents
List of tables and figures
Preface
Introduction
The tide of emigration
An electorate in motion
From meeting to election: migration and suffrage
The defended community: migration and elections
'A movable column': migration and voting
The core community: migration and leadership
Migration and local politics: an antebellum election
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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