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Degree Name

Ph.D. in History


Arch Dalrymple III Department of History

First Advisor

Anne S. Twitty

Second Advisor

John R. Neff

Third Advisor

Paul Polgar

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This dissertation relies upon contemporaneous newspapers and manuscripts as primary sources. Examining these sources enables the incorporation of written evidence demonstrating the campaign tactics utilized by all parties, such as the populist rhetoric of the Jacksonians, as well as indicating the sentiments of political elites and voters alike. Additionally, the incorporation of election results, explanations of the suffrage laws and inclusion of voter turnout when available, provides data exhibiting the varying extents of democratization within the eight states studied, (Virginia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont).

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