Critical Transfer of Power

In various complicated presidential elections, I like to slow the events of that time down and inspect exactly what happened between the election and the inauguration of a new president. In the elections of 1800, 1824, 1860, and 1876 I have students complete a storyboard about what happened step-by-step as the country waited to understand the demos and its will.

The students often did not like this assignment, as the storyboard approach forced them to attend to detail that costs effort and attention. But it is precisely the step-by-step approach that forced them to look at exactly what happened chronologically.

In practice, I always found a few students with spectacularly bad cartooning skills, and some who were spectacularly good. I would hold those examples aloft for their inspection and we would all laugh.

Good times!