The United States presidential election of 2016 was held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. It was the 58th U.S. presidential election. Because of the term limit established by the Twenty-second Amendment, the incumbent president, Barack Obama could not be elected for a third term. The two candidates were Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hilary Clinton. Donald Trump won the election to become the 45th President of the United States.
The books, databases, websites and artifacts on this page will help you do research and answer homework questions about elections. You can start by looking at this voting machine that is an Artifact from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It was used by voters in Indianapolis from the 1930s through the 1980 election.
“During this time, many African Americans struggled to gain the civil rights Caucasian men and women enjoyed. Even though the 15th Amendment granted all American citizens the right to vote regardless of “race, color or previous condition of servitude,” African Americans still struggled for the right to vote particularly in the southern United States. In Indiana, African
Americans continued to work for equal rights welcoming two significant federal laws, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voter Rights Act of 1965, helped to ensure African Americans the right to vote. You can look at more elections artifacts from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Collection
- PBS: The Race is On! – includes FAQ to answer questions like, what do donkeys and elephants have to do with it?
- The Library of Congress: Elections…the American Way
- PBS Kids: The Democracy Project
- Ben’s Guide Eto the US Government: The What and Who of Elections
- ZOOM: Elections 101
- National Archives: US Electoral College
- IndyPL Kids’ Booklist: Hanging Off Jefferson’s Nose – Mt. Rushmore and Other True Stories about U.S. Presidents
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Election Artifacts
U.S. History in Context: Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. It will show you biographies, magazines, videos and more about the elections.
NoveList K-8: Stories about Elections is a database you can use in any IndyPL Library Branch or at home. Login using your library card number. Novelist will show you fiction chapter books and picture books you can read about elections. Click on “Check the Library Catalog” to see if IndyPL has the book.
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