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Single back issues about Presidential Elections in American history.

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  1. VOTING RIGHTS IN AMERICA

    VOTING RIGHTS IN AMERICA

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    In colonial America, who established the precedent that only white, property-owning men would have the right to vote? How did African Americans and Native Americans gain full citizenship and federally recognized voting rights? Who were some of the biggest names in the struggle for women's suffrage? Why and when was it decided that 18-year-olds should have the right to vote? What are some of the obstacles to guaranteeing full voting rights to all Americans? How does one register to vote? Are there ways for kids to get involved? We've answered all these questions in this issue of COBBLESTONE, where we take a comprehensive look at the history of voting rights in America. /cob0403t Learn More
  2. ELECTORAL COLLEGE

    ELECTORAL COLLEGE

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    What's the big deal about the Electoral College? You can read all about it in this issue, which is devoted to that subject. (Just in time for the 2004 elections!) We take a look at its historical origins, for example, to see just what the Founding Fathers were thinking when they established this system for electing our president. There also are articles that focus on several specific elections where the electoral college played an important role, information to encourage a debate about the pros and cons of the college, and an activity for you to work with the votes and see how the electoral and popular votes add up in an election. We've included a U.S. map that indicates the number of electoral votes for each state. /cob0409t Learn More
  3. Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Rise of Political Parties

    Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Rise of Political Parties

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    It has been an exciting election year, but wait until you see this month's issue! Even though nearly all of the Founding Fathers were suspicious of political parties and considered them dangerous, it didn't take long for them to become a permanent part of the election process. In the September issue, we take a look at the rise of political parties, which basically rose through the differences of opinion between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. We see how party loyalties almost destroyed a valued friendship between two great Americans. We trace the roots of our two major parties today, and we describe the rise and fall -- and role -- of third parties in our political process. The experts chime in on the pros and cons of political parties. There's a crossword puzzle and a fun cartoon contest -- we provide the art, you provide the caption. Plus Dr. D's got a great mystery hero, and Ebenezer and the Colonel have big plans in the forest. Correction: Page 24, 54-40 for Fight slogan
    This famous slogan has long been associated with the 1844 election of Democrat James K. Polk, but it actually did not appear until two years later, in 1846. Polk won election by promising to negotiate with Great Britain to set the United States’ northwest boundary at latitude 54 degrees 40 minutes. At the time, Britain claimed the land in dispute.Once elected, however, Polk appeared willing to compromise with Britain for a northern boundary of 49 degrees latitude, much farther south than he had promised. Some Americans continued to push for the original northern boundary of latitude 54 degrees 40 minutes. The above slogan comes from the heated political debate that raged in 1846. The remaining land is now part of Canada.
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  4. Women Want the Vote!

    Women Want the Vote!

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    It was more than 70 years in the making. From 1848 until 1920, some women willingly faced all kinds of opposition for a cause in which they believed - the right to vote. They came from different backgrounds and their methods varied, but most of these women shared at least one thing in common: they refused to give up. They gave speeches, organized events, filled petitions, and spent time in jail. The March issue is devoted to a look at some of the women (and a few men!) who stand out and stood up for a cause that often made them the focus of angry personal attacks, ridicule, and scorn. From Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Alice Paul and Lucy Burns, they dedicated their lives to making sure that all women had a voice. Learn More
  5. ELECTIONS IN AMERICA

    ELECTIONS IN AMERICA

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    A look at the history of elections and voting in America and the role that different political parties and media have played in encouraging people to vote. Political cartooning activity, and a special feature on Kids Voting USA are included. Learn More

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