Election Central Lessons

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Election Central

Lessons

voting_line_in_brooklynReadings and activities the provide historical background and raise issues about democracy and the electoral process in the United States and worldwide.

These resources are arranged under three categories: Issues for the ElectionU.S. History | World History | Government

Issues for the Election

As voters go to the polls this election year, the United States faces crucial domestic and foreign policy issues. Parties and candidates will be taking positions on issues related to the economy, immigration, terrorism and foreign relations. Here are some background readings and lessons that address some of these issues.

Domestic Issues

The Economy

Unemployment and the Future of Jobs in America, (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 27:4)
A Guide to the Federal Budget Deficit and the National Debt Taxes, (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 26:3)

Immigration
Current Issues (Educating About Immigration)


Foreign Issues


Terrorism

What is Terrorism? (America Responds to Terrorism)
Terrorism: How Have Other Countries Handled It? How Should We? (America Responds to Terrorism)
Islamic Terrorism From1945 Until the Death of Osama bin Laden (America Responds to Terrorism)

United States Foreign Policy
Communism, Capitalism, and Democracy in China, (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 24:1)
North Korea: The Rogue Nation (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol.26:4)

U.S. History

Who Voted in Early America? (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 8:1)
How Political Parties Began (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 24:2)
The Election of 1824-25: When the House Chose the President; Why Don't People Vote? (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 8:4) 
The Citizen in de Tocqueville's America (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol 2:1) 
Race and Representation (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 12:2) 
How Women Won the Right to Vote (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 20:2)
The Progressives and Direct Democracy (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol 16:3) 
Race and Voting in the Segregated South (CRF Online Lesson, Brown v. Board) 
Election 2000 The Closest Presidential Race Ever (CRF Online Lesson)

World History

Bringing Democracy to Japan (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol 3:4)
South Africa: Revolution at the Ballot Box (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 12:2) 
Emerging Democracies in Eastern Europe and Russia (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 19:1)
U.S. Involvement in Nation-Building Before Iraq: Germany, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 20: 3)

Government

Making it Easier to Vote vs. Guarding Against Election Fraud (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 24:2) 
Political Parties, Platforms, and Planks (CRF Online Lesson) 
Election 2000 Closest Presidential Race Ever (CRF Web Lesson) 
Race and Representation (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 12:2) 
Are the News Media Focusing on the Wrong Thing?; TV Attack Ads and the Voters; Evaluating TV Election News (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 13:1) 
Judges and Voters: Explores the role voters play in judicial elections. (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 14:2) 
Election Polls (Bill of Rights in Action, Vol. 10:2)

Photo by April Sikorski from Brooklyn, USA (vote here) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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