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Centralization and Popular Control, From: The Growth and Decadence of Constitutional Government, by J. Allen Smith, 1930
The attitude of the well-to-do classes toward local self-government was profoundly influenced by the extension of the suffrage…the removal of property qualifications tended to divest the old ruling class of its control in local affairs.
Excerpt from “The Confessions of a Reformer,” written in 1925 by Richard C. Howe
My text-book government had to be discarded; my worship of the Constitution scrapped. The state that I had believed in with religious fervor was gone. Like the anthropomorphic God of my childhood, it had never existed. But crashing beliefs cleared the air. I saw that democracy had not failed; it had never been tried.