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AIR DATE: Saturday, November 17, 2012
James Patterson on Lyndon B. Johnson (59 min.)
Historian James Patterson on the divisive year of 1965, the year in which President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, and sent additional troops to Vietnam.
KEYWORDS: History, Executive Branch, Lyndon B. Johnson, Vietnam, Voting Rights Act

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With less than 50 days left until the election, C-SPAN Classroom Deliberations, a site produced by C-SPAN's Senior Fellows, has been updated with a new lesson to help your students deliberate the following issue:

Should Third Party Candidates Be Allowed Greater Participation in Presidential Debates?

Third parties have long struggled to gain a foothold in the United States political system. Since the Election of 1800, America has developed into a two-party system, in which only one of two major political parties has had a chance of winning the presidency. Third parties face many challenges, including the current electoral system. However, some political scientists claim that the largest obstacle facing third party presidential candidates today is lack of participation in the presidential debates.

Use this lesson along with our Campaign 2016 resources to teach your students about all of the aspects of the elections, including the presidential debates:

C-SPAN Classroom is delighted to offer our new 2016 Electoral College Map poster – FREE and available only to C-SPAN Classroom Members. This colorful 44" x 44" poster can jumpstart discussion and a variety of lessons on a wide range of subject matters and grade levels as you teach about the 2016 presidential election.

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We have also created a three page print-sized PDF of the map that you can share with your students:

Use your Electoral College Map poster in conjunction with our Campaign 2016 resources.

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