Library of Congress
Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about elections.
- American Political Parties Past (Online Activity) Match political parties with their platforms.
- American Treasures: Dewey Defeats Truman (Exhibition) This newspaper headline declares the wrong winner of the 1948 election.
- American Treasures: Lincoln for President (Exhibition) View campaign material from the 1860 presidential election.
- American Treasures: The Gerrymander (Exhibition) In 1812, Jeffersonian Republicans forced through the Massachusetts legislature a bill rearranging district lines to assure them an advantage in the upcoming senatorial elections. This cartoon-map first appeared in the Boston Gazette for March 26, 1812.
- American Treasures: The Likeness of George Washington (Exhibition) Following the 1788 election, Amos Doolittle created this engraving. It is one of the earliest presidential prints.
- Elections - the American Way (Presentation) Explore the history of the election process through primary source materials.
- For and Against (Online Activity) This sampling of jokes from a 1914 vaudeville act takes potshots at the ideologies and behavior of political parties from our nation's past.
- I Spy - Gray's Ferry (Online Activity) Explore this illustration of Gray's Ferry, Pennsylvania, depicting the town as it prepared for George Washington's 1789 inaugural reception.
- I Spy - Lincoln's Inauguration (Online Activity) Explore this photograph taken at Lincoln's second inaugural address on March 4, 1865.
- Inaugurations (Presentation) Observe the pageantry of presidential inaugurations through primary source images and written accounts.
- Jump Back in Time: April 4, 1873 (America's Library) Carrie Burnham argued for the right to vote.
- Jump Back in Time: January 23, 1964 (America's Library) The 24th Amendment ended the poll tax.
- Jump Back in Time: June 4, 1919 (America's Library) The Nineteenth Amendment granting women's suffrage was sent to the states.
- Jump Back in Time: November 4, 1845 (America's Library) Americans observed the first uniform election day.
- Jump Back in Time: October 21, 1960 (America's Library) Read about the great debates of Nixon and Kennedy.
- On the Campaign Trail (Wise Guide) View a sampling of past presidential campaign materials available on the Library's Web site.
- Today in History (February 17, 1801) Jefferson Victorious (Today in History) Presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson won support of a majority of congressional Representatives displacing incumbent John Adams.
- Today in History (October 4, 1822) Rutherford B. Hayes (Today in History) Rutherford B. Hayes, born on this date, became the nineteenth U.S. president in 1877 after a contested election that pitted him against Democrat Samuel J. Tilden of New York.
- Today in History (November 5, 1845) The Napoleon of the Stump (Today in History) Democratic candidate James K. Polk defeated Whig Party candidate Henry Clay to become the eleventh president of the United States.
- Today in History (November 4, 1845) Election Day (Today in History) Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated Republican James G. Blaine after a bitter campaign. The outcome of the presidential race was determined by the electoral vote of New York, which Cleveland won by just 1,047 votes.
- Today in History (March 4, 1861) Abraham Lincoln's First Inauguration (Today in History) Lincoln was sworn in as the sixteenth president of the United States.
- Today in History (March 8, 1884) Susan B. Anthony and Congress (Today in History) Susan B. Anthony addressed the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives and argued for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote.
- Today in History (October 21, 1960) The Kennedy-Nixon Debates: The Final Round (Today in History) American viewers watched the broadcast of the fourth and final debate between Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Republican presidential candidate, and Senator John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate.
- Today in History (January 23, 1964) Poll Taxes Prohibited (Today in History) The collection of poll taxes in national elections was prohibited by the January 23, 1964 ratification of the Twenty-Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.
- Who Really Elects the President? (Wise Guide) Learn more about the Electoral College.
- Who's That Lady? (Online Activity) Use the American Memory collections and other resources to meet the challenge of the Turn-of-the-Century First Ladies' Bowl.