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Electoral College 1: From Washington to Lincoln

A 1 hour course to examine the purpose of the Electoral College and how it impacted key elections from Washington to Lincoln.
Edward Simmons
654 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 20 learners
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60 minute class

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Students will learn history in a way that promotes citizen participation and understanding of current events, for the Electoral College has been playing an important role in recent presidential elections. Students will learn that electors have often been controversial, but their decisions have been accepted without conflict except for the Civil War after the election of 1860. Students will learn about the importance of Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln in relationship to the Electoral College.
Vanderbilt University Ph D in history, experienced college history instructor, and grader of advanced placement American history tests for Educational Testing Service.
 1 file available upon enrollment
One or more handouts will be available on the classroom site for reference purposes only to ease the pressure of note taking and help with ice breaker discussions that begin the class.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The age range for the course is a guideline, not a requirement. I am often asked about younger students that parents believe are ready for the subject matter and length of time spent in class. In my view, parents know the readiness of their students better than anyone else. 
For information and graphics suitable for young students, I will rely on sites such as the National Archives (, Congressional Research Service, and Information will also come from textbooks such as the "AMSCO Advanced Placement Edition of United States History" which is used in high school courses -- and I am a grader of the tests for advanced placement courses given through Educational Testing Service.


Edward Simmons
Lives in the United States
The Teaching Grandpa
654 total reviews
847 completed classes

About Me

I am a Vanderbilt Ph.D. who has spent a lifetime learning and teaching world history, especially in connection with science, archaeology, Bible studies, and philosophy. Being drafted (Vietnam period) just as I started my college teaching career... 
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