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“Know All Men By These Presents”: Bonds, Localism, and Politics in Early Republican Mississippi

Mathisen, Erik (2013) “Know All Men By These Presents”: Bonds, Localism, and Politics in Early Republican Mississippi. Journal of the Early Republic, 33 (4). pp. 727-750. ISSN 0275-1275. E-ISSN 1553-0620. (doi:10.1353/jer.2013.0092) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article examines local politics in Mississippi during the early to mid-nineteenth century, by examining the bonds that officeholders were required to post to hold their positions in county government. The article argues that while states like Mississippi remain at the forefront of the history of American mass democracy, the existence of this election ritual paints a complicated picture of political practice. By requiring officeholders to post hundreds and even thousands of dollars to hold office, and by requiring that political friends vouch for them with their money and their reputations, bonds dampened democratic elections at every turn. In so doing, bonds suggest just some of the ways in which Americans practiced a much more complex politics than current paradigms allow.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1353/jer.2013.0092
Uncontrolled keywords: U.S. political participation, Democracy, Bonds, Jacksonian Democracy, Voting, Elections, Mississippi, Slavery, Local politics
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Erik Mathisen
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2018 14:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 21:17 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/69575 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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