By Kenneth J. Winkle
This ebook examines the impression of westward migration on political improvement and behaviour in Ohio, the main populous midwestern kingdom in the course of the 19th century. Professor Winkle explores the effect of migration on ideas of suffrage, the behavior of elections, styles of vote casting, recruitment of political leaders, and native social gathering agencies as all of them emerged ahead of the Civil struggle.
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Through more extensive linkage, the quadrennial enumerations permit an analysis of migration between contiguous townships, retaining local-level migrants to reveal the movements of eligible voters within Shelby County. Initial examination of the quadrennial enumerations revealed virtually no migration between Clinton Township and the outer ring of rural townships between 1851 and 1855. The outer townships, therefore, were not part of Clinton Township's "migration hinterland," and the following analysis need not consider those potential migration streams.
1. Shelby County. area's largest town. Sidney had 1,302 residents in 1850, representing two-thirds of Clinton Township's residents and four-fifths of Shelby County's urban population. This single "urban" township was surrounded by rural settlement and therefore provides an opportunity to examine a medium-sized city's attraction for rural migrants. 1. 7 According to Mrs. Bateham's traditional view of nineteenth-century society, we might expect to discover more transient voters in Clinton Township, which was urban, than in the 13 rural townships and to find them moving more frequently.
Growth exceeded 70 percent throughout the Maumee Valley and actually reached 132 percent in the extreme northwest corner of the state. " Urban growth represented a secondary source of population increase during the 1840s. 20 But the first signs of population decline tempered this rapid or moderate growth throughout most of the state. Between 1840 and 1850, nine counties scattered throughout eastern and central Ohio lost population. These were the first counties west of Pennsylvania to experience population loss.
The Politics of Community: Migration and Politics in Antebellum Ohio (Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History) by Kenneth J. Winkle