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This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were written to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. The lessons are built around the use of textual...
The Electoral College consists of 538 electors, who are representatives typically chosen by the candidate’s political party, though some state laws differ. Each state’s number of electors is based on its congressional delegation (one for each member in the House of Representatives and one for each member in the Senate). Currently, a total of 270 electoral votes is required to win the presidency.Prior to the 1804 election the first runner-up became vice president, as spelled out in the US Constitution. As a...
A carefully crafted lesson has a well-defined focus and framework as well as a clearly stated purpose. The lesson should present students with an issue that is phrased as a problem to be solved or a thought-provoking question to be analyzed and assessed. By using these questions students can learn to think critically and develop positions and viewpoints.
In this lesson students will begin to examine the foundations of American liberty and the differing points of view expressed by people who were on the same side in the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton were both ardent patriots, but their writings show differences between them as well as similarities. Through analyzing primary sources, students will get a firsthand view of how those with very different ideals had the same interest in American independence.Lesson Objectives
In this lesson students will develop an understanding of the economic challenges facing the newly independent United States. Those challenges included the lack of a national currency, the national government’s inability to levy taxes, and the crushing war debt. Through analyzing primary sources students will learn how Hamilton addressed these issues