BackStory With the American History guys, a new call-in show for public radio about the intersection of America's past with its present, is looking for callers for an upcoming episode:
Early and Often: The History of American Voting
Although the memory of hanging chads still clouds the electoral mood, American elections have come a long way. Before the early 20th Century adoption of the "Australian," or bi-party secret ballot, voting was not a private matter, and often involved extortion and large quantities of alcohol. "Stuffer's ballot boxes" with false bottoms, and ballots with misleading headings, tiny print and a cut-and-paste option helped secure office for the sneakiest candidates. But how effective is our current system? How many of history's elections have been stolen? And why did America's founders opt out of direct Democracy (whose idea was the Electoral College?)
The show is hosted by three renowned and friendly historians, Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh. Being a caller on the show only takes a few minutes and involves posing a question or making a comment to the hosts and then sticking around for the conversation that follows. If you are interested, please email me ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are having our first recording session this coming Wednesday, 9/10.
Feel free to forward this message to anyone who might be interested.
Researcher / Production Asst.
BackStory With the American History Guys
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Radio
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
www.backstoryradio.org Email: email@example.com Visit the website at http://www.backstoryradio.org
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