The Disruption of American Democracy

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The Disruption of American Democracy is a book published by American historian Roy Franklin Nichols in 1948. Nichols won the Pulitzer Prize for History for the book in 1949.[1]

In the book, Nichols argued that the American Civil War was not fundamentally the product of underlying social and economic forces. Instead, he looks to the machinations of "vote-hungry" politicians who calibrated their appeals in a culturally diverse society, which was speedily growing, so as to encourage regional and cultural groups to pursue objectives that led to the breakdown of the Union, something that most didn't seek or foresee.[2]


  1. ^ Brennan, Elizabeth A.; Elizabeth C. Clarage (1999). Who's who of Pulitzer Prize Winners. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 295. ISBN 1-57356-111-8. 
  2. ^ Birkner, Michael J. (2001). McCormick of Rutgers: scholar, teacher, public historian. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 5. ISBN 0-313-30356-8.