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Brewer's: Gerrymander

(g hard). So to divide a county or nation into representative districts as to give one special political party undue advantage over others. The word is derived from Elbridge Gerry, who…

gerrymander

(Encyclopedia) gerrymander jr´mndr, gr–, in politics, rearrangement of voting districts so as to favor the party in power. The objective is to create as many districts as possible in areas of…

legislative apportionment

(Encyclopedia) legislative apportionment, subdivision of a political body (e.g., a state or province) for the purpose of electing legislative representatives. In the United States, the Constitution…

Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry was a signer of the both the Articles of Confederation and the Declaration of Independence and a major political figure of colonial Massachusetts. He died in office as vice president…

Brewer's: Gerst-Monat

Barley-month. The Anglo-Saxon name for September; so called because it was the time of barley-beer making. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer,…

Brewer's: German Silver

is not silver at all, but white copper, or copper, zinc, and nickel mixed together. It was first made in Europe at Hildberg-hausen, in Germany, but had been used by the Chinese time out of…

U.S. Voting Rights

  When the Constitution was written, only white male property owners (about 10 to 16 percent of the nation's population) had the vote. Over the past two centuries, though, the term "government by…

Fantastic Fables, Ambrose Bierce: Six and One

126 128 Six and One THE Committee on Gerrymander worked late, drawing intricate lines on a map of the State, and being weary sought repose in a game of poker. At the close of the game the six…