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Richard Valelly

Richard Valelly is the Claude C. Smith '14 Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College.

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Americans should build this pivotal post–Civil War era into the new politics of historical memory. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Divided government isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

There is a real danger that the protections of the Voting Rights Act will be rolled back. That will be an invitation to invent dirty tricks to minimize black political influence. Read more

Civil Rights in America

In 1990 and 1992, the eligible nonvoters will likely outnumber the voters in national elections. A political scientist sorts out the different explanations of the long turnout decline—and what might be done to reverse it. Read more

Money, Politics and Power