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Daniel Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter is Allie S. Freed Professor of Government at Harvard University. His latest book will be Democracy by Petition: Popular Politics in Transformation, 1790-1870, forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2021.

The menthol cigarette citizen’s petition recalls the lost political tradition of petition democracy, when not only could the complaints of any citizen get a hearing, but that hearing would occur publicly—in Congress.

Daniel Carpenter
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U.S. democracy and the U.S. postal service share a long, entangled history. An attack against one signals an attack against the other.

Daniel Carpenter