A Presidential Election is a very complex and unique process in our country, one that is filled with many different factors that lead to the final result. The election of 1948 is one of the most interesting and unique elections in our country’s history, not only because of the ‘surprise’ ending, but also the events that occurred during the campaign itself. This unit is designed to introduce students to the campaign and election of 1948 and also to raise awareness and bring insight to the electoral process in general.
2. Continuity and change in the history of Missouri, the United States and the world
6. Relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions
7. The use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)
Benchmark 5: The student engages in historical thinking skills.
1. (A) analyzes a theme in United States history to explain patterns of continuity and change over time.
2. (A) develops historical questions on a specific topic in United States history and analyzes the evidence in primary source documents to speculate on the answers.
Internet Some form of word processor (Microsoft Word) or slide show (Power Point)
The presidential election in 1948 was one of the most surprising upsets in the political history of the United States, and it is also considered to be a highlight of Harry Truman’s career. Your task will be to chronicle the events of the campaign and election in a multimedia format. You will be expected to conduct your research online, and to look through primary and secondary sources. As you explore the Internet links on this page you can look for facts, quotations, examples and images that peak your interest for this topic. What you collect on your journey will be pinned together in a scrapbook for your final product and grade.
Your scrapbook will contain the following:
The Internet Resources Why Truman Ran in the Election
Media and Miscellaneous in Campaign Elections:
Letter of Congratulations
Students will be grade on the accuracy of the historical information, for the validity of their personal opinions, and for successfully “cutting and pasting” pictures and images from the Internet. Election of 1948 Scrapbook Web resources for creating a Multimedia Scrapbook