A Serendipitous Inspiration of Undergraduate Research

[Note: this is also posted on the BGSU History blog]

When I replied “No” to Kinzey’s question, and to Colin’s follow-up, I was pretty sure of my answer.
I was wrong. The resulting historical adventure began with a lively class discussion, continued through an independent study, and eventually resulted in an article that undergraduates Kinzey McLaren-Czerr, Colin Spicer and I wrote together.

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On the vote

This entry is part 6 of 6 in The Vote Manifesto,

a series of posts on why and how we organize in the age of Trump.

There are many ways that Americans are choosing to resist the potential excesses and dangers of the impending Trump regime, among them organizing protests, trying to hold our current officials accountable, contributing time and money to various organizations that will work to protect those most vulnerable among us, tracking and working to prevent hate crimes, even exhorting the press to steel its spine for the days ahead. These, like what I am about to suggest, are all necessary, but not sufficient. But, thinking over the longer term, If we want our democracy to reflect the values of the majority of Americans while protecting those in the minority, there’s one issue that we should take up with fundamental fervor: the inviolable right and obligation to vote, and the principle every vote should count equally. Read more