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Election 2008
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2008 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Election 2012
Educational resources to help students and teachers understand the 2012 elections.
Format: (multiple pages)
Evaluating your state's interests
In Election 2012, page 4.5
Use the following resources to gather background information on your state: U.S. Census Bureau: State and County QuickFacts FairData's...
Format: bibliography
Freedmen voting
Freedmen voting
This 1867 engraving depicts freed African American men voting in New Orleans just after the Civil War.
Format: image/photograph
Debating a Constitutional Amendment
In Election 2012, page 4.4
Guidelines for a debate on amending the constitution to change the electoral process.
Format: activity
Get out the vote!
In Election 2012, page 3.5
Resources to educate and encourage young people about getting involved in the election and the vote.
Format: bibliography
The Selma-to-Montgomery March
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.11
The Selma-to-Montgomery March for voting rights ended three weeks -- and three events -- that represented the political and emotional peak of the modern civil rights movement.
Format: article
The Voting Rights Act of 1965
In Postwar North Carolina, page 5.12
Five months after the Selma-to-Montgmery March, the Congress passed and President Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This law gave the federal government the power to enforce the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed equal voting rights regardless of race.
Format: book
Local elections
In Election 2012, page 2.10
A resource to help students and teachers learn about the elections in their local communities.
Format: bibliography
Voting rights demonstration
Voting rights demonstration
Men and women in McComb, Mississippi demonstrate for voting rights in 1962. Some hold picket signs.
Format: image/photograph
Ratifying the amendments
In North Carolina in the New Nation, page 11.4
In 1835, a convention passed amendments to the North Carolina state constitution. In this activity, students map votes for ratification by county and explain the patterns they see.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Mapping election returns, 1960–2008
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.1
A slideshow of maps show results for statewide North Carolina elections in presidential election years from 1960 to 2008. Accompanying questions guide students to explore how voting patterns have changed with time and place.
Format: activity
By David Walbert.
Lesson plans on the web
In Election 2008, page 3.1
A collection of resources and activities for students and teachers that focus on the 2008 election as well as the election process.
Format: bibliography
Teaching resources: The election process
In Election 2012, page 3.3
Resources that examine the various aspects of the American election process from contemporary and historical perspectives.
Format: bibliography
The 1971 constitution
In Postwar North Carolina, page 8.3
North Carolina's constitution was rewritten in 1971 to incorporate the many amendments made since Reconstruction.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Making inferences about the 2000 presidential election
In this lesson, students will use a Mini Page about the 2000 presidential election to make inferences. This will require students to think about how past events influence political policies and laws. They will use these inferences to conduct research and write an essay.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Summer Pennell.
The election process
In Election 2008, page 3.3
Resources that examine the various aspects of the American election process from contemporary and historical perspectives.
Format: bibliography
Ballot
Ballot
A marked ballot sits on a blue table with a sticker reading "I voted."
Format: image/photograph
Race in her lifetime
In this lesson, students will use oral histories to trace the life of Rebecca Clark, an African American who was born in rural Orange County just before the Depression and witnessed the changes in civil rights over the years.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Henry Frye
In Recent North Carolina, page 2.5
Biography of Henry Frye (1932–), former Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.
Format: biography