Brookline, June 2014


voting line, brookline  (sonya kovacic)

voting line, brookline (sonya kovacic)

This year, gerrymandering turns 202: 

In 1812, Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signed a bill to redraw the state senate voting districts. The new, oddly shaped districts were clearly rigged — all to benefit Gerry's political party (the Democratic-Republicans).

According to a political cartoon in the Boston Gazette, one of the districts resembled the shape of a curved salamander – it wrapped in an "L"-shape from Chelsea to Methuen around to the coastal town of Salisbury. It was captioned "The Gerry-mander."

The Gazette's cartoon was widely reprinted, and the term – used to describe the practice of manipulating political districts – was officially coined. 

Despite being a pivotal city in the United States' women's suffrage movement, Boston also produced the country's first anti-suffrage organization. The Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women (also known by its catchy acronym MAOFESW) was founded in 1895, and published a regular "anti" newsletter: The Remonstrance.