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Author Name:    CUTHBERTSON, Brian

Title:   Johnny Bluenose at the Polls : Epic Nova Scotian Election Battles 1758-1848. paperback

Publisher:    Formac Publishing, Halifax, 1994, ISBN:088780294x 

Seller ID:   7029

CUTHBERTSON, Brian. Johnny Bluenose at the Polls. [Cover adds : Epic Nova Scotian Election Battles 1758-1848]. Halifax : Formac Publishing, 1994. Pp (4),[v]-vii,(1),[1]-344. Illustrated. 8vo, blue card covers. Tennyson: Cape Bretoniana 1306. "This is the story of the early days of election campaigning in Nova Scotia. Historian Brian Cuthbertson describes the province's first ninety years of hard-fought elections from 1758 to 1848. What emerges isa sense of political life in Nova Scotia two centuries ago. The focus is o n the local politics of each county of Nova Scotia detailing the conflicts and interests of their communities and leading families. This was a time when there were no secret ballots and voting was a spectator sport. Property owners voted by declaring their choice on a hastily-erected platform beforea sheriff and assembled crowd. Political supporters were often bribed with rum to intimidate those voting for other candidates. Merchants jostled for power by forcing their debtors to vote for them. Lawyers fiercely competed with other lawyers to get elected, often carrying their rivalries into the courtroom. The stories of hundreds of Nova Scotian politicians, both elect ed and defeated, are told. Many of the issues dealt with by politicians, then as now, focused on the need to reform patronage politics and government spending." - rear cover. Vg. 15.00


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