Democracy Deferred: Race, Politics, and D.C.'s Two-Century Struggle for Full Voting Rights

By Derek Musgrove and Chris Asch / March 2021

This report provides a summary and analysis of the circumstances that led the citizens who lived in the area designated as the seat of government to lose their right to vote in 1801, why Congress has only partially addressed this state of affairs in the intervening 220 years, and how the modern struggle for self-determination among Washington, D.C., residents has evolved into the present push for statehood.

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