Making Democracy Safe for Minorities
The epilogue explores the legacy of the moral minorities of the mid-nineteenth century for the subsequent history of democracy and minority rights. It begins with the victories of gay-rights activists before the US Supreme Court in 2013 and emphasizes the similarities between their ideas and modes of minority-rights activism and what opponents of liquor, Sabbath, and race regulations had pioneered before the Civil War. The epilogue shows that issues of race, religion, and alcohol continued to spur moral conflict and minority-rights activism in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It concludes by suggesting that these ongoing struggles greatly influenced the operation of democracy in the United States and beyond.
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