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Suffrage, labour markets and coalitions in colonial Virginia

Nikolova, Elena ; Nikolova, Milena



Abstract

We study Virginia's suffrage from the early-17th century until the American Revolution using an analytical narrative and econometric analysis of unique data on franchise restrictions. First, we hold that suffrage changes reflected labour market dynamics. Indeed, Virginia's liberal institutions initially served to attract indentured servants from England who were needed in the labour-intensive ...

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