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- Explore the partisan lean of states and Congressional districts in Topic 3.5 on Political Parties in American politics. Partisan lean is "the average margin of difference between how a state or district votes and how the country votes overall" (quoted from "How Red or Blue is Your State?" FiveThirtyEight, May 27, 2021).
- 20 states and the District of Columbia allow Same-Day Voter Registration (SDR).
- Link to Topic 7.5 to learn about the "Disinformation Dozen" (a group of 12 individuals responsible for 65% of the shares of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media) along with approaches for dealing with fake and false news.
- Find a link to a Washington Post tracker on President Biden's environmental policies and the history of the Yosemite Land Grant of 1864 in a section dealing with debates between federal and state governments over environment and energy policies
- Added to Topic 6.10, a TED Video about cooperative organizations in Finland and its implications for democratic decision-making in worker-owned companies and local governments in the U.S.
- Background on Lucy Terry Prince who wrote the earliest known poem by a Black writer in North America.
- The New York Times has posted this Detailed Map of 2020 Election that will let you look up results from 1788 neighborhoods in 40 states covering 62% of all votes cast.
- Added material about the myth of voter fraud to Topic 4.5
- Photographs in Newspapers. The first photograph published in a US newspaper was on March 4, 1880. Prior to then, sketch artists created visual representations of news events. The New York Illustrated News began the practice of regularly featuring photographs in the newspaper in 1919.
- The outgoing Trump Administration has made changes to the citizenship test, making it longer and more difficult. The test bank has been expanded to 128 questions, up from 100 questions and a passing score is now 12 out of 20 questions correct (US Citizenship Test is Longer and More Difficult, The New York Times, December 3, 2020).
- Beginning in November, the majority Latino city of Chelsea Massachusetts will begin offering monthly funds ($200 to $400) to about 2000 low-income families
- 2020 LGBTQ Candidate Demographic Report from Out on the Trail (October 2020)
- 1006 LGBTQ candidates ran for office in 2020; 574 are on the November ballot
- California, Florida and Texas have the most LGBTQ candidates
- Today's Vote in the Classroom from the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate simulates the legislative process using actual legislation under consideration by Congress
- Sequoyah, the U.S. State That Almost Existed has now been added to a topic on Native American Tribal Governments
- Has the text of the Constitution of the State of Sequoyah and its Bill of Rights
- Facebook and Twitter claim that Russian Intelligence Services are Targeting the 2020 Presidential Election
- Read Voting by Mail? an excerpt from the book Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wrong and What Can We Do About It by political scientists Benjamin I. Page and Martin Gilens.