Laying the groundwork for the Chicano movement of the 1960s, organizations like the American G.I.
Grade Range: 9-12
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Lessons & Activities, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 8/18/2008
Because the Constitution gives the states the job of running elections, voting in the United States has developed into a patchwork of manual, mechanical, and electronic balloting. A variety of voting methods over the course of American history are addressed in this section of the online exhibition Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Also discussed are the purposes and functions of the Electoral College and the US Electoral Commission.
United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)
2: Massive immigration after 1870 and how new social patterns, conflicts, and ideas of national unity developed amid growing cultural diversity
3: The rise of the American labor movement and how political issues reflected social and economic changes
4: Federal Indian policy and United States foreign policy after the Civil War