The History of Presidential Elections

This course focuses on the history of presidential elections in America. The course will begin with the creation of the U.S. government in 1781 and how the founders created the office of the presidency. We will investigate the first election of George Washington and how it had a great effect on the development of the country. We will continue through history and learn about various elections and how they had an impact at the time. Examples include the election of Andrew Jackson, the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln, and the 1960 election of JFK against Richard Nixon.

Students will gain an understanding of how elections are run and operated. We will explore the parties’ platforms throughout history and how they reflected the society that supported them. We will examine how the conventions work and the importance they have on the political process. We will investigate the details behind the presidential elections and the important place they have in our democracy.

Live Classes: Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from August 19th to December 16th

Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet.

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