Implications of the Electoral College for democratic equality

Posted by Gabrielle M. on 2/22/21 12:00 PM

In my previous posts, I’ve described the rules of the Electoral College, the origins of these rules, and some limitations that EC rules present for universal democratic rights. I talked briefly about the worry that the EC disadvantages non-swing state voters and voters in urban areas. Critics also charge, more broadly, that the EC rules disadvantage Democrats relative to Republicans because Democrats are concentrated in urban areas. The two most recent instances where the popular vote winner lost the election – 2000 when Bush narrowly defeated Gore, and 2016 when Hillary Clinton lost the election despite winning the popular vote by 3 million votes – supports this assertion. 

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Tags: history, AP exams, political science

The origins of the Electoral College

Posted by Gabrielle M. on 2/19/21 12:00 PM

Today, we’re taking a step back to examine the history of the Electoral College. Why do we have it, what is the logic behind its design, and what does this mean for our understanding of political representation in the US? 

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Tags: history, AP exams, political science

The limitations of the Electoral College

Posted by Gabrielle M. on 2/17/21 12:00 PM

In my previous post I provided a quick explainer of the Electoral College (EC from here onward). In the wake of the 2020 election, the system was once again in the spotlight and, as is the case nearly every election cycle, subject of ample criticism. In this post, I will highlight the primary critiques of the EC and the implications of these limitations for democratic rights.

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Tags: history, AP exams, political science

Using theory to think about history

Posted by Laura R. on 10/23/20 9:33 AM

When writing a history essay, applying a theoretical lens can help you make a sophisticated argument and earn high marks. You always want to be mindful of your essay structure and the substance of any original documents, but, particularly for advanced classes and seminars, bringing in different historical theories can elevate your paper to the next level.

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Tags: history, expository writing

A Beginner’s Guide to Analyzing Historical Documents

Posted by Pete P. on 6/17/20 11:00 AM

Most high school and college level history courses will require that you read, interpret, and analyze a document or set of documents from the past—otherwise known as primary sources. In this post, I will provide five basic questions that you should ask about your document(s) that will kickstart your thinking about the past and serve as a starting point for formulating an argument for a paper or project. These questions constitute the basic toolkit that all historians use when they research and write about any topic or time period. By asking and answering these questions you will be doing history at its most fundamental level.

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Four Tips to Ace Your Next History Term Paper

Posted by Jonathan on 1/22/18 5:20 PM

If you’re taking a history class this semester, then its almost guaranteed that you’ll have to write a history term paper. You may already be a top-notch writer, but your professor might not tell you that history papers are a unique type of essay. The expectations for a history essays are different from most other classes, and professors and teaching assistants are often on the lookout for a few tell-tale signs of a mediocre or bad paper. Whether a short reading response or a long essay based in original research, here are four tips I wish I had known as an undergraduate student who needs to write a history term paper. Some are small, grammatical tips that can make a big stylistic difference. Others are bigger ideas about how a paper should be structured.

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How To Write An Excellent History Paper

Posted by Aki on 4/24/17 9:39 PM

I love the film Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and I've seen it more times than I can count. It is about two teenagers on the brink of failing high school, unless they ace their final history exam. The Hollywood twist? The protagonists acquire a time machine that allows them to travel through different eras of history. Throughout the film, Bill and Ted collect famous figures, such as Abraham Lincoln, and together with these historical figures, they're able pass their history final. Unfortunately, time travel is not a viable option for history students. In the real world, we cannot ask President Lincoln about the 13th Amendment, instead, we must read historical works and derive our own analyses and conclusions.

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Brokered Conventions

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 3/28/16 9:30 AM

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Classical Studies: 5 Things You Need to Study Classics to Really Understand

Posted by Erik Mortensen on 11/8/15 4:19 PM

Find out why studying the Classics is so important!

"What are you gonna do with that degree?" is just one of the questions endlessly faced by Classics majors and those wondering if they should study the Classics. What Classics majors are gonna do is understand the past and present and enjoy every aspect of the world as we know it so much more, and here you'll find out why.

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Tags: history, English, Linguistics

History Tutoring: How to use key figures to ace your history exams

Posted by Andrew Jungclaus on 11/6/13 10:54 AM

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Tags: study skills, history