Pulling the Curtain: Further Reading
The following is a list of resources used or consulted in the making of the BackStory episode “Pulling the Curtain: Voting in America,” broadcast in November 2012. You can listen to the entire episode here.
Mentioned on the Show
Check out Jamie Raskin’s research on non-citizen voting through American history.
Read Alexander Keyssar’s case against the Electoral College.
- Watch the expansion (and restriction!) of voting rights over US history.
- Watch Lyndon Johnson’s speech at the signing of the Voting Rights Act.
- Learn more about the long and colorful history of electoral fraud.
- Find out how Americans voted before the chad.
- Solve the mysteries of the Electoral College!
- Voting in the Past from Colonial Williamsburg
- Tuesday in November, a U.S. Office of War propaganda film from 1945
Keyssar, Alexander. The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. New York: Basic Books, 2009.
Summers, Mark. Party Games: Getting, Keeping, and Using Power in Gilded Age Politics. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003.