The Will of the People
from the Electronic Field Trip Series
One of the most bitter presidential campaigns in U. S. history is part of a surprising lesson for a 21st-century student. Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the earliest days of the republic. Read more
Complimentary access from Sept. 1–30, 2012
Colonial Williamsburg’s Gift to the Nation in this election year of 2012 offers students an opportunity to interact virtually with historical characters and provides teachers with unique resources to engage students in the study of citizenship and our founding democratic principles.
Statistics from the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress indicate that academic performance in history for grades 4-8 (the targeted group for Electronic Field Trips) has declined substantially over the past few years. By providing this electronic field trip without charge to schools and home school families, Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its commitment to halt that decline.
The Electronic Field Trip, “The Will of the People,” examines the presidential election of 1800, one of the most bitter in U.S. history, and provides a surprising lesson for a 21st-century student. Thomas Jefferson explains how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been a part of our political system since the earliest days of the republic.
- Available online 24/7 from September 1 to September 30, 2012
- On-demand video streaming over the Web
- Email Thomas Jefferson
- Interactive online games
- Downloadable resources, such as the teacher guide and program script (PDF)
- Comprehensive lesson plans
We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring this exciting, relevant program into your school or home!
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