Pulling the Curtain: Show Segments
The following are individual show segments included in the BackStory episode “Pulling the Curtain: Voting in America,” broadcast in November 2012. You can listen to the entire episode here.
Peter tells us how it used to be: Our votes were more heard than seen back when we declared publicly how we were voting in front of a crowd at the court house.
Legal scholar and politician Jamie Raskin talks with Ed about the American tradition of giving non-citizens the vote. The American History Guys then unpack why this would have been the case.
Old Time Shenanigans
Historian Mark Summers chats with Ed about the down and dirty politicking of Gilded Age-era elections. Intimidation, vote-buying, and fraud, oh my!
Historian Alexander Keyssar explains how the Electoral College has magnified the white Southern vote.
The American History Guys take three calls from listeners.