ONE OF the outstanding characteristics of the history of the past century and a half has been the conversion to and trial of a democratic form of government by most of the important nations. Country after country has changed from an autocratic or aristocratic type of government to one at least in form and theory more democratic. The transition was, however, in few cases sudden and complete. In spite of the fact that our Declaration of Independence held among its self-evident truths that all men are created free and equal, and that governments should secure their just powers from the consent of the governed, even in the United States large numbers of white men were excluded from the suffrage until well along in the nineteenth century because they could not meet the property and other qualifications for voting, and legal discriminations preventing negroes from voting were not removed throughout the country until 1870.1 It was the latter part of the nineteenth century, then, before the principle of manhood suffrage had received general acceptance in the United States, and the twentieth century was well under way when the Nineteenth Amendment to the Federal Constitution, giving women the right to vote throughout the United States, was adopted.
The theory of adult suffrage is that each adult shall have a voice in the determination of the policies and operations of his government, such voice usually to be____________________
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Publication information: Book title: State and Federal Corrupt-Practices Legislation. Contributors: Earl R. Sikes - Author. Publisher: Duke University Press. Place of publication: Durham, NC. Publication year: 1928. Page number: 3.
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