The Troubled Elections of 1796 and 1800

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Congress does more than create new laws. Political scientists delve into the elections of 1796 and 1800 to understand how political parties, the Electoral College, and personal agendas affected the election process. The resource also explains how the election of 1800 ended in a tie, resulting in a vote by Congress.  Class members participate in group discussion, respond to written prompts, and create a Congressional committee to address the problems with the Electoral College and Article Two of the Constitution. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the Elections of 1976 and 1800 to other presidential elections 
  • Discuss how political partisanship played a role in the Congressional vote of 1800
Classroom Considerations
  • An overview of the US presidential election process may be needed for some age groups 
  • The resource provides sources to support the material 
  • Activity aligns with several common core standards 
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