Volk reveals that driving this vast ideological reckoning was the emergence of America's tradition of popular minority-rights politics. To challenge hostile laws and policies, moral minorities worked outside of political parties and at the grassroots. They mobilized elite and ordinary people to form networks of dissent and some of America's first associations dedicated to the protection of minority rights. They lobbied officials and used constitutions and the common law to initiate "test cases" before local and appellate courts. Indeed, the moral minorities of the mid-nineteenth century pioneered fundamental methods of political participation and legal advocacy that subsequent generations of civil-rights and civil-liberties activists would adopt and that are widely used today.Here’s the TOC:
1. Making America's First Moral Majority
2. Sunday Laws and the Problem of the Christian Republic
3. The License Question and the Perils of "Pure Democracy"
4. Mixed Marriages, Motley Schools, and the Struggle for Racial Equality
5. "Jim Crow Conveyances" and the Politics of Integrating the Public
6. America's First Wet Crusade and the Sunday Question Redux
Epilogue: Making Democracy Safe for Minorities