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Contentious U.S. General Elections: Learning lesson from the past to better prepare for the future.

Contentious U.S. General Elections

Included in this display is a brief synopsis of several United States general elections that were replete with contention, complexities, and controversy. While there are elections that many can recall for having issues either during campaigning or voting like the aforementioned, there are also some lesser known elections that we as a people would be remiss not to learn from and use as guidance for the upcoming 2020 presidential election. Additionally included are some important dates and resources for voters in Cook County.

Overview

Included in this display is a brief synopsis of several United States general elections that were replete with contention, complexities, and controversy. While there are elections that many can recall for having issues either during campaigning or voting like the aforementioned, there are also some lesser known elections that we as a people would be remiss not to learn from and use as guidance for the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

Additionally included are some important dates and resources for voters in Cook County.

“ I've heard rumors; the world is starving, but we're well fed. Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? I've heard the rumors about hate too, once in a long while, over the years. Do you know why? I don't, that's sure! Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!” ―Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

"The Same Mistakes"

“I've heard rumors; the world is starving, but we're well fed. Is it true, the world works hard and we play? Is that why we're hated so much? I've heard the rumors about hate too, once in a long while, over the years. Do you know why? I don't, that's sure! Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!”
―Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

References Christopher Klein, Here’s How Third-Party Candidates Have Changed Elections, History (November 11, 2019), https://www.history.com/news/third-party-candidateselection- influence-facts Michael Levy, US Presidential Election of 1860, Britannica (2011), https://www.britannica.com/event/United-States-presidential-election-of-1860 Elliot McLaughlin, 10 of the most bizarre elections in American history, CNN: CNNPolitics (February 14, 2020), https://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/30/politics/ interesting-u-s-elections/index.html Sarah Pruitt, 8 Most Contentious US Presidential Elections, History (August 21, 2020), https://www.history.com/news/most-contentious-u-s-presidential-elections The Electoral Vote Count of the 1876 Presidential Election, US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives. (2020), https://history.house.gov/Historical- Highlights/1851-1900/The-electoral-vote-count-of-the-1876-presidential-election/

References

Christopher Klein, Here’s How Third-Party Candidates Have Changed Elections, History (November 11, 2019), https://www.history.com/news/third-party-candidateselection-influence-facts

Michael Levy, US Presidential Election of 1860, Britannica (2011), https://www.britannica.com/event/United-States-presidential-election-of-1860

Elliot McLaughlin, 10 of the most bizarre elections in American history, CNN: CNNPolitics (February 14, 2020), https://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/30/politics/interesting-u-s-elections/index.html

Sarah Pruitt, 8 Most Contentious US Presidential Elections, History (August 21, 2020), https://www.history.com/news/most-contentious-u-s-presidential-elections

The Electoral Vote Count of the 1876 Presidential Election, US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives (2020), https://history.house.gov/Historical-Highlights/1851-1900/The-electoral-vote-count-of-the-1876-presidential-election/

Writing & Research: Alyssa Boster & Lexia Moore. Graphic Design: Maddie Norrgard. Project Advisor: Dan Ursini.

Writing & Research
Alyssa Boster & Lexia Moore

Graphic Design
Maddie Norrgard

Project Advisor
Dan Ursini