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The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century by Jon Grinspan (review)

The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular... pioneered tactics, such as the use of boycotts, that would be vital to the struggle against Jim Crow in the modern South. But ultimately the greatest strength of this book is that it so fully places the abolitionists into historical context. Sinha asks us, rightly so, to judge the antislavery movement "through the eyes of the enslaved and the newly free" (97)--abolitionists were not perfect egalitarians, but in a nation awash in bigotry and oppression, they represented progress and hope. Elizabeth R. Varon elizabeth r. varon is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History and associate director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. Her most recent book is Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013). The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century. By Jon Grinspan. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. 256. Cloth, $28.00.) Bad readers of detective stories turn to the last chapter first, to see who did it; good readers of history books turn to the endnotes first, to see how the author http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century by Jon Grinspan (review)

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pioneered tactics, such as the use of boycotts, that would be vital to the struggle against Jim Crow in the modern South. But ultimately the greatest strength of this book is that it so fully places the abolitionists into historical context. Sinha asks us, rightly so, to judge the antislavery movement "through the eyes of the enslaved and the newly free" (97)--abolitionists were not perfect egalitarians, but in a nation awash in bigotry and oppression, they represented progress and hope. Elizabeth R. Varon elizabeth r. varon is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History and associate director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. Her most recent book is Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013). The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century. By Jon Grinspan. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Pp. 256. Cloth, $28.00.) Bad readers of detective stories turn to the last chapter first, to see who did it; good readers of history books turn to the endnotes first, to see how the author

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jan 26, 2017

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