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How America Elects A President: Political Parties, Beyond Red and Blue (High School)

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Grade Level High School
Location United States
Time Period 1700-1799, 1800-1899, 1900-1999, 2000-2099, Current Events
Topic Civics and Government, Current Events

Overview

When the Constitution was adopted in 1789, there were no political parties. The framers were wary of political parties but somehow they have become one of the permanent fixtures of the political landscape. For a while, politics has been simplified into voter results as shown on maps, i.e. Red States and Blue States. The reality of both election results and party adherence is much more complicated.

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Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (http://maps.bpl.org)