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Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
02.32 minutes
Date Posted:
10/23/2018
Throughout American History, young people have led, influenced, and defined the outcomes of our elections and politics. By organizing, lobbying, advocating, protesting, and voting, young voices supply our democracy with a never-ending source of fresh ideas, concerns, and hopes. This tradition con
Grade Range:
6-12
Resource Type(s):
Interactives & Media
Duration:
60 minutes
Date Posted:
2/25/2020
Are the tactics used by suffragists to fight for political power still effective?  Suffrage and the passage of the 19th Amendment marked an important moment in the progression of women’s participation in our democracy and civic life. Yet it was an imperf
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
5/1/2018
The term “ballot” is derived from the Italian ballotta, meaning “little ball.” This ballot box was not used in a U.S. election. It was used by members of a Washington, D.C., social club.
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
Where Do You Stand? asks students to formulate opinions on fundamental American rights while listening to and learning from the ideas and experiences of their peers. The learning begins with the guiding question: What does the right to vote mean to you?
Grade Range:
K-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts
Date Posted:
4/16/2018
The glass ballot jar became a symbol of democratic self-government. This 1884 glass ballot jar is typical of the transparent devices used to secure paper ballots.
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Reviewed Websites, Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Duration:
90 minutes
Date Posted:
10/14/2016
This historical investigation is aligned with the C3 Framework and from C3 teachers.org. This inquiry leads students through an investigation of youth voting practices. By investigating the compelling
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/17/2010
This Sharps rifle was made especially for John Brown, though it bears no maker’s mark or number. Brown carried this weapon on his Kansas campaign in 1856 and later presented it to Charles Blair of Collinsville, Connecticut. In 1857, Brown contracted Blair to forge pikes for the clandestine slav
Grade Range:
5-12
Resource Type(s):
Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted:
12/15/2010
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 allowed the two states to decide the issue of slavery by a popular ballot. The fight in Kansas was so intense that the state earned the nickname “Bleeding Kansas.” John Brown bought 2,000 of these revolvers and sent them to Kansas for the “Free-Soilers.”
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
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 exhibitio
Grade Range:
9-12
Resource Type(s):
Primary Sources, Lessons & Activities
Date Posted:
8/18/2008
A brief summary of the changes in voting technology is the focus of the introduction to Vote: The Machinery of Democracy, an online exhibition from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.  This resource discusses a range of voting technologies from paper and machine
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