Today I’d like to share a second noteworthy video I found. This one deals with the election of 1860, the results of which launched the United States into disunity and civil war.
Again, though the issues have changed over 150 years, the foundational principles and political climate are eerily similar.
- What was the effect of disunity within the two dominant political parties?
- What was the effect of a third-party candidate?
- Was “moderation” of benefit?
- Was it helpful to ignore the critical issues of the day in order to focus on issues where there was more agreement?
It’s interesting to note which parties stood for what.
The video does not speak of the impact of the electoral college, but I’d encourage you to look it up and read a bit about why the Constitutional Framers instituted it.
- Did the electoral college, in this instance, do what it was supposed to do?
- How has the electoral college been changed since the Constitution was written?
- Does the electoral college still fulfill its intended purpose?
Your turn! 😉