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Since its founding, the United States has relied on citizen participation to govern at the local, state, and national levels. This civic engagement ensures that representative democracy will continue to flourish and that people will continue to influence government. The right of citizens to participate in government is an important feature of democracy, and over the centuries many have fought to acquire and defend this right. During the American Revolution (1775–1783), British colonists fought for the right to govern themselves. In the early nineteenth century, agitated citizens called for the removal of property requirements for voting so poor white men could participate in government just as wealthy men could. Throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, women, African Americans, Native Americans, and many other groups fought for the right to vote and hold office.
Government of the U.S.
American Politics | Political History | Political Science | United States History
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Krutz, Glen; Waskiewicz, Sylvie; Webb, Joel; Williams, Shawn; Wrzenski, Rhonda; Neaves, Tonya; Newmark, Adam; Simpson, Brooks D.; Bernard Jr., Prosper; Kordas, Ann; Danley-Scott, Jennifer; and Lawrence, Christopher, "American Government 2e" (2019). Open Access Textbooks. 13.
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