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Election of 1860

The election of 1860 was the only presidential election in American history that resulted in widespread violence.  Seven states in the Deep South,  led by South Carolina, refused to accept the results of the contest that elevated the new Republican … Continue reading

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Recounting the 2000 Election

CNN calls the 2000 election for Gore, then for Bush, and then as too close to call, November 8, 2000: ABC News describes Florida recount problems on November 12, 2000: ABC News on the Gore v. Bush per curiam decision on … Continue reading

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Protests and Voting Rights

During the last couple of weeks, students in History 211, “US Elections,” have been studying some of the most dramatic protests for voting rights in American history.  They studied the story of parades and hunger strikes for woman’s suffrage.  They … Continue reading

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Woman’s Suffrage and the Endgame

Historian Alexander Keyssar does a good job of dissecting the complicated endgame of the woman’s suffrage movement (though note that Keyssar calls it the women’s suffrage movement –students should consider what the difference in usage implies).  This image of a … Continue reading

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Presidential Debates

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will debate three times in 2016, on September 26, October 9, and and October 19.  This is shaping up to be a pivotal series of encounters and yet the story of formal presidential debates is … Continue reading

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Visualizing Democracy

Alexander Keyssar explains the fits and starts of expanding (and sometimes contracting) nineteenth-century American democracy in chapters 2 and 3 of his book, The Right to Vote (2009 ed.).  But how best to visualize this complicated story? Madeleine Gardner offered one … Continue reading

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