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Elections for Kids


08/10/2020 | Homework Help

What's the Big Deal About Elections?

The United States presidential election of 2020 will be held on Tuesday, November 3. It will be the 59th U.S. presidential election. The two candidates are Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden.

The books, databases, websites and artifacts on this page will help you do research and answer homework questions about elections. You can start by looking at this voting machine that is an Artifact from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It was used by voters in Indianapolis from the 1930s through the 1980 election.Voting-Machine

"During this time, many African Americans struggled to gain the civil rights Caucasian men and women enjoyed. Even though the 15th Amendment granted all American citizens the right to vote regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude,” African Americans still struggled for the right to vote particularly in the southern United States. In Indiana, African Americans continued to work for equal rights welcoming two significant federal laws, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter Rights Act of 1965, helped to ensure African Americans the right to vote." You can look at more elections artifacts from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis' Collection.


Websites:

US-History-in-Context

U.S. History in Context: Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the elections.

Novelist K-8 Logo

NoveList K-8: Stories about Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read about elections. Click on "Check the Library Catalog" to see if IndyPL has the book.

Indiana:Focus on Indiana



Books:

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Elections and Voting - It's a Big Deal!

Choose a book or two from this list to learn about the United States election process, who can vote, and the history of how each has developed over the last 200+ years. Find out the answers to some puzzling FAQs: What's a ballot? What is a poll? What does suffrage mean? Why couldn't Black people vote? Why couldn't women vote? You can read a general history or focus on one issue, event, or person who made a difference. #indyplkids

Elections

Why They Matter to You

Son, John

Introduces the branches of the US government, the constitution and more. Learn how elections work, whether its voting on local rules or electing the President of the United States. The book also highlights why voting is so important and how kids can become involved, even when they're still years from casting their first vote.

The Voice That Won the Vote

How One Woman's Words Made History

Boxer, Elisa

Women's suffrage in America came down to a single voter in Tennessee who voted yes because of a letter his mother had written, urging "Vote for suffrage and don't forget to be a good boy." This is the story of the letter than gave all American women a voice.

Stolen Justice

The Struggle for African-American Voting Rights

Goldstone, Lawrence

A history of the systematic suppression of the African American vote and examination of the creeping threats to suffrage today.