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Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4625)
Donald A. DeBats (Project Director: December 2011 to May 2017)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$295,000 (approved)
$292,252 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2016

The Social Logic of Past Politics: Individual Voting Records, Social Networks, and Neighborhoods in Two 19th-Century Cities

Completion of a database and website, and research and writing of journal articles and a scholarly monograph related to voting records and social networks in 19th-century Alexandria, Virginia, and Newport, Kentucky. (36 months)

The mid nineteenth century is often viewed as the high point of US political engagement. This project uses individual level political information preserved for all voters in two nineteenth century cities, Alexandria, Virginia and Newport, Kentucky, to explore how networks and neighborhoods shaped the way individuals participated in that politics and the broad social context of that politics. It approaches the two cities at moments of crisis: Alexandria, a city resting on slave labor, on the eve of the Civil War and Newport, an industrial city resting on immigrant labor, on the eve the great depression of the 1870s.