Election 2020: Politics, Covid-19 and the Economy

The state of the economy during the presidential election season has a significant impact on not just the approval rating of the incumbent president at the time, but also has an impact on the policies in which presidential candidates run on. Additionally, the state of the economy also influences who will come out to vote in that year. This year, 2020, it is just one of many factors that may affect voter turnout but the economy may be underestimated. This exercise will encourage students to evaluate how other fluctuations in the economy may affect the ratings, policies, and decisions of the 2020 presidential candidates.

The Constitution in Action – Political Parties and Presidential Electors: The Election of 1800

History is the chronicle of choices made by actors/agents/protagonists in specific contexts. This simulation places students in the Early Republic and asks them to engage in the politics of those times. Acting as either Federalists or Republicans, they will be asked to develop strategies for electing their party’s standard bearer as president, using the Constitution’s complex system of presidential electors to their advantage.

Presidential Campaign Memorabilia on DocsTeach

This page includes a variety of primary sources in the form of artifacts, photographs, documents, and more; as well as additional online resources. Themes highlight political memorabilia from presidential campaigns from the 1850s through the 1990s. Items come from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries of the National Archives.

Grades K-12
Voting, Elections, Politics
Editorial Cartoons

Destination White House: Grades 3-5

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Destination White House show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they provide an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

Destination White House: Grades 6-8

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Destination White House show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they provide an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.

Destination White House: Grades 9-12

This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the National Constitution Center’s Destination White House show, which is available as part of themed museum packages for groups and the Traveling History & Civics Program for schools.

Together, they provide an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.