How Americans vote, from the Revolution to today.
Episode 8: Voting today and tomorrow
Prof. Martha Kropf of UNC-Charlotte talks about contemporary issues with voting and where we might go from here.
Episode 7: Native American voting rights
Prof. Paul Rosier of Villanova University talks about the long struggles for Native Americans to access the ballot and the obstacles that still exist.
Episode 6: The Civil Rights Era
Prof. Brett Gadsden of Northwestern University talks about the foundations of the Civil Rights Era, when voting was both a goal to achieve and the means by which to achieve it.
Episode 5: Women's suffrage
Prof. Lisa Tetrault of Carnegie Mellon talks about how women won the right to vote and why the fight for the ballot didn't stop with the 19th Amendment.
Episode 4: The Progressive Era
The late 19th century saw a movement to root out political corruption and enhance the power of the individual voter. It also saw the start of the largest decline in voter turnout in the country's history. Professor Emeritus Shelton Stromquist of the University of Iowa explains how this happened.
Episode 3: Reconstruction
Prof Kate Masur of Northwestern University discusses the impact of Reconstruction on the story of voting in America.