Six thousand years of recorded world history reveal the most common form of government is monarchy and the most powerful monarch was the British Monarch. The British empire at it peak controlled 13 million square miles – almost a quarter of the Earth’s land, and nearly half billion people – one-fifth of the world’s population at the time.
In the British empire, the most important vote was that of the king. America separated from Britain in the Revolutionary War and set up state and federal governments which were controlled by the vote of citizens. Soon other countries rejected their monarchs and replaced them with elected representative governments called republics.
During the Civil War, Republican President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, followed by the Republican controlled Congress pushing through the:
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