Youth's Battle for the Ballot: A History of Voting Age in America


This is the first full history dealing with the voting age in the United States from 1607 to 1991 that shows how military service and suffrage have been linked through the years. Although the study points to standards regarding the right to vote since ancient times and contemporary global experiences, the account focuses on contemporary America. The history reviews federal and state action up to the ratification of the 26th Amendment giving 18-year-olds the right to vote. The study concludes with a short summary also of the youth vote in the last two decades.

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