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*DIGITAL* The Glass Ballot Box and Political Transparency, 1856-2021

March 2, 2022
7:00 pm

Rutland Free Library
Glass ballot box on a table in a school gymnasium
Note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this talk will only be offered online, via Zoom. Advance registration is required for this event. Register for this free talk.

In response to concerns about election tampering in the 1850s, New Yorker Samuel Jollie proposed a novel solution: a ballot box made of glass. Emphasizing glass’s transparency and purity, Jollie suggested that his box would ensure fair and just elections. Middlebury professor Ellery Foutch illuminates the contemporary resonance of Jollie’s invention.

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About Ellery Foutch

Ellery Foutch is an assistant professor in the American Studies department at Middlebury College, where she teaches classes on the art and material culture of the United States. Foutch’s recent research projects include histories of nineteenth-century relics and natural history collections.

Partner: Middlebury College and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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