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History of the Act of Voting

Voting in Philadelphia, 1864

Voting in Philadelphia, 1864

Washington, DC
Sunday, May 11, 2014

Author and history professor Sophia Rosenfeld discusses the history and role of the secret ballot in America. She describes voting techniques used following the Revolution and talks about the relationship between voting and freedom in the modern world.

Updated: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 9:45am (ET)

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