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Ellery Foutch, Program in American Studies, will give a talk as part of the 2020-21 Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series.

In 1856, the United States was embroiled in conflicts that might seem familiar to today’s audiences: intense wealth disparity, anti-immigrant sentiment, widespread corruption scandals, and tensions between politicians and the media. Concerns about corruption and voter fraud came to a head when San Francisco officials discovered a so-called “stuffer’s ballot-box,” outfitted with a false bottom and side panel to conceal pre-marked ballots for a desired candidate, concrete evidence of election rigging. In response to this news about election tampering, New Yorker Samuel Jollie proposed a novel solution: a ballot box made of glass.

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