“54–40 or fight!” “Who is James K. Polk?” “Vote yourself a farm.” “He proved the pen mightier than the sword.” You guessed it—it’s election time! Using artworks related to specific American presidential campaigns from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, learn about political figures, social issues, and cultural developments related to life on the campaign trail; how to introduce students to significant, historical campaign issues, including “the Texas question,” the abolition movement, and suffrage (and how to connect these issues with the 2012 presidential election); and how to incorporate teaching with primary sources into daily curriculum.
Government and social studies teachers from classroom and homeschool settings and preservice teachers are encouraged to attend, although others may benefit and are welcome to register.
Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Cancellations must be received forty-eight hours in advance of the program or a $25 fee will be charged; program materials will be mailed to absent teachers.