Jon Grinspan, PhD

The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865–1915

Jon Grinspan, PhD, Curator of Political History, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, on his new book, The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915, which explores the era after the Civil War that was one of the most politically divisive and volatile times in our country with high voter turnout, rough elections, and battles over race, immigration, and income inequality.

[Recorded on September 30, 2021.]

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      Jon Grinspan

      Jon Grinspan, PhD, is Curator of Political History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He is the author of the award-winning The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the 19th Century. He frequently contributes to the New York Times, and has been featured in The New Yorker, the Washington Post, and elsewhere. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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