Plantations in the Upper South.

Sep 2013
792
Chattanooga, TN
#11
In the areas with plantations, planters would often control the open ballot elections, sometimes with vote buying and intimidation..
What is your evidence that the planters controlled open ballot elections with vote buying and intimidation in the Antebellum Deep South?
 

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Ad Honorem
Jul 2011
5,673
#12
What is your evidence that the planters controlled open ballot elections with vote buying and intimidation in the Antebellum Deep South?
The following books discuss politics in Virginia. It was more extreme in Britain where there were rotton and pocket boroughs and people were basically told who to vote for. You announced your vote in front of the candidate. So hard to tell Washington of Jefferson or whomever that you took his food and drink and voted against him. Then what if you had a problem with the government and voted against the local officials.

Gentlemen and Freeholders: Electoral Politics in Colonial Virginia (Early America: History, Context, Culture)

The Grandees of Government: The Origins and Persistence of Undemocratic Politics in Virginia
 

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