Defining Democracy: Electoral Reform and the Struggle for Power in New York City A Reading and Discussion with Daniel Prosterman

February 26, 2013
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Cultural Events
Club Dining Room, Corrin Refectory

Defining Democracy, written by Salem College professor Daniel Prosterman, examines struggles over electoral reform in New York City to clarify our understanding of democracy’s evolution in the United States and the world. In the midst of global crises concerning the purpose and power of government during the Great Depression, Second World War and early Cold War, New Yorkers debated the meaning of self-rule in the United States. Through a series of campaigns over the expansion of voting rights in New York City, activists challenged the boundaries of who could be elected, what interests could be represented and ultimately, what policies could be implemented at the local level. Prosterman is assistant professor of history and director of the Salem Signature General Education Program at Salem College.

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Gail Adams