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Grades 9-12

The Panic of 1893 and the Election of 1896

ESSENTIAL DILEMMA Were the contradictory responses political leaders had to the panic of 1893 driven more by economic/political self-interest or by differing visions of what kind of country they wanted the United States to be?
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Grades 9-12

Can Election Futures Markets be More Accurate than Polls?

The students examine results from opinion polls conducted near the end of the 2012 presidential campaign. They compare results from several national polls to those of the Iowa Electronic Markets (hereafter, the IEM), an online futures market, to predict the outcome of the 2012 race. They …
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Grades 9-12

Party Platforms and Economic Issues

According to Gallup, Americans have considered the state of the economy "among the most important U.S. problems" since 2008. The issues frequently debated leading up to any presidential campaign include many economic issues such as improving the economy, how to reduce unemployment, the fe…
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Grades 9-12

The Economics of Voting

Since the 1960's, many Americans eligible to vote have not bothered to do so- not even in presidential elections. Low rates of participation in voting have been worrisome to people interested in preserving our democratic traditions. Economists have tried to explain why people didn't vote. T…
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Grades 9-12

Money and Elections

Students will be introduced to the sources of campaign war chests, learning about the recent court decisions that have allowed for the creation of "Super PACS" and 501 (c) (4) organizations. The exploration will turn to how a candidate raises resources and how spending has accel…
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Grades 6-8, 9-12

One is Silver and the Other’s Gold

Students learn about the money supply and that it can affect the value of money. Students investigate this in the 1896 presidential election (Bryan vs. McKinley, Free Silver vs. Gold Standard) and examine a political cartoon that depicts how some people felt about this issue. Students …
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Grades 6-8, 9-12

Making Presidential Elections Fun

In this economics webinar, learn how to use current events to look at the history of U.S. election cycles.
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Grades 9-12

Minimum Wage / The Challenge of Living on it

COMPELLING QUESTION Should the federal government increase the federal minimum wage? Increasing the minimum wage is a controversial issue in the 2016 election. Students will understand contrasting arguments on the impact of raising the minimum wage. They will also gain an understa…
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