To show how an economic issue created sectional differences in the Election of 1896.
1 class period
You can begin this activity by reading with the class sections 1-4, which provide information about the background events, candidates, campaign, and election results of the election of 1896.
Students will then do a fun Map Exercise by taking electoral results from a chart and recording them on a map showing the 45 states that belonged to the Union during the election of 1896. I provide my students with colored pencils for the mapwork as this makes it more enjoyable for them.
Following the Map Exercise, there are 25 questions on the election of 1896 that can be answered based on information learned on the preceding pages.
The lesson concludes with a Thought Question pertaining to how sectional differences affected the election outcome. This helps students develop critical thinking skills.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.