Preserving Democracy: Pursuing a More Perfect Union

Democracy’s strange compromise

Experts discuss how the American Revolution united the states against the common enemy of the British monarchy, versus how Abraham Lincoln’s election and the Civil War brought our democracy and the nation to its brink. “They didn't claim that Lincoln hadn't really won and had stolen the votes,” says Eric Foner. “They just said, we don't accept this.”

Democracy’s strange compromise

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    How can American democracy work better for "Busy People"?

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    We sit down with Kevin Elliot, professor at Yale University and author of the new book "Democracy for Busy People," to discuss possible fixes to make our democracy more inclusive and accessible for all voters. From large-scale concepts like mandatory voting in Australia or ranked-choice voting in Alaska and Maine, to more bureaucratic, minute details like voter registration and polling locations.

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    A professor from Columbia Law School explains the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Moore v. Harper, a 2023 case that brought a fringe legal theory, the 'independent state legislature theory,' to the nation's highest court. A positive ruling would have had far-reaching implications for American elections.

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    What do the Jan. 6th attacks tell us about our democracy?

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    On the two year anniversary of the January 6th insurrection, Yale historian Joanne Freeman reflects on the enduring legacy left behind by the attack on the Capitol, and what it means for our democracy now: "What the lying did, what the erosion of faith in the democratic process did, was teach people to not trust the electoral process. "

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