The Resource Moral minorities and the making of American democracy, Kyle G. Volk

Moral minorities and the making of American democracy, Kyle G. Volk

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Moral minorities and the making of American democracy
Title
Moral minorities and the making of American democracy
Statement of responsibility
Kyle G. Volk
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Language
eng
Summary
"Should the majority always rule? If not, how should the rights of minorities be protected? In Moral Minorities and the Making of American Democracy, historian Kyle G. Volk unearths the origins of modern ideas and practices of minority-rights politics. Focusing on controversies spurred by the explosion of grassroots moral reform in the early nineteenth century, he shows how a motley but powerful array of self-understood minorities reshaped American democracy as they battled laws regulating Sabbath observance, alcohol, and interracial contact. Proponents justified these measures with the 'democratic' axiom of majority rule. In response, immigrants, Black northerners, abolitionists, liquor dealers, Catholics, Jews, Seventh-day Baptists, and others articulated a different vision of democracy requiring the protection of minority rights. These moral minorities prompted a generation of Americans to reassess whether 'majority rule' was truly the essence of democracy, and they ensured that majority tyranny would no longer be just the fear of elites and slaveholders. Beginning in the mid-nineteenth-century, minority rights became the concern of a wide range of Americans attempting to live in an increasingly diverse nation. Volk reveals that driving this vast ideological reckoning was the emergence of America's tradition of popular minority-rights politics. To challenge hostile laws and policies, moral minorities worked outside of political parties and at the grassroots. They mobilized elite and ordinary people to form networks of dissent and some of America's first associations dedicated to the protection of minority rights. They lobbied officials and used constitutions and the common law to initiate 'test cases' before local and appellate courts. Indeed, the moral minorities of the mid-nineteenth century pioneered fundamental methods of political participation and legal advocacy that subsequent generations of civil-rights and civil-liberties activists would adopt and that are widely used today"--
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Volk, Kyle G
Dewey number
305.800973
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A1
LC item number
V73 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Minorities
  • Minorities
  • United States
  • Democracy
  • Political participation
  • Dissenters
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory
  • Democracy
  • Dissenters
  • Ethnic relations
  • Minorities
  • Minorities
  • Moral conditions
  • Political participation
  • Political science
  • Social history
  • United States
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Moral minorities and the making of American democracy, Kyle G. Volk
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making America's First Moral Majority -- Sunday Laws and the Problem of the Christian Republic -- The License Question and the Perils of "Pure Democracy" -- Mixed Marriages, Motley Schools, and the Struggle for Racial Equality -- "Jim Crow Conveyances" and the Politics of Integrating the Public -- America's First Wet Crusade and the Sunday Question Redux -- Epilogue: Making Democracy Safe for Minorities
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 291 pages
Isbn
9780199371914
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013050576
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 4458578-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4458578
  • (Sirsi) o870986742
  • (OCoLC)870986742
Label
Moral minorities and the making of American democracy, Kyle G. Volk
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Making America's First Moral Majority -- Sunday Laws and the Problem of the Christian Republic -- The License Question and the Perils of "Pure Democracy" -- Mixed Marriages, Motley Schools, and the Struggle for Racial Equality -- "Jim Crow Conveyances" and the Politics of Integrating the Public -- America's First Wet Crusade and the Sunday Question Redux -- Epilogue: Making Democracy Safe for Minorities
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 291 pages
Isbn
9780199371914
Isbn Type
(hardback : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2013050576
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • 4458578-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4458578
  • (Sirsi) o870986742
  • (OCoLC)870986742

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