Skip to main content

View Diary: How many democracies are we? (16 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  I've found several others (0+ / 0-)

    that essentially state the same timeline. I've lost track of the page where I found the first timeline. I'll find it if I can.

    Exclusion from the Suffrage

    It is generally estimated that because of state property and taxpaying qualifications, fewer than one-fourth of all white adult males were eligible to vote in 1787–1789, the time the U.S. Constitution was being ratified. The history of the suffrage in the United States since then has been one of steady expansion, partly through constitutional amendments and partly through legislation. The states largely abandoned the property qualifications for voting by 1850. The Fifteenth Amendment, ratified in 1870, forbade

    So, if the adult white male population who could vote was was only 25%, that would mean only about 10% of the total population (including women, people of color such as Africans and Indians, and all white males) was able to vote. This number would vary, of course, from state to state.

    Now, even if you want to make the math simple by assuming 25% of the entire male population could vote, that still ends up being 12.5 percent, assuming 50% of society is male.

    By the way, I found one site with numbers of whites, as well as slaves, and I calculated that the slave population was 25%. So I underestimated the non-white population, it seems.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 12:41:37 PM PDT

    [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site