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This is What Democracy Looked Like

A Visual History of the Printed Ballot

Alicia Yin Cheng

$29.95

     6.75 × 10.25 in (17.1 × 26.0 cm)
Hardcover
176 pages
200 color illustrations
Publication date: 5/26/2020
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616898878


This Is What Democracy Looked Like, the first illustrated history of printed ballot design, illuminates the noble but often flawed process at the heart of our democracy. An exploration and celebration of US ballots from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this visual history reveals unregulated, outlandish, and, at times, absurd designs that reflect the explosive growth and changing face of the voting public. The ballots offer insight into a pivotal time in American history---a period of tectonic shifts in the electoral system---fraught with electoral fraud, disenfranchisement, scams, and skullduggery, as parties printed their own tickets and voters risked their lives going to the polls.


Alicia Yin Cheng is a founding partner of MGMT. design in Brooklyn, New York. She currently serves as an external critic for the MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design and has taught at Yale University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Barnard College, and Cooper Union. Cheng was a past board member of the AIGA/NY chapter and the Fine Arts Federation.

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