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Electoral behavior and trends in voter turnout are explored in this episode from Founding Principles: American Governance in Action, a civics video series produced by Bowdoin College. Through a study of foundational documents like the Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, students learn about how suffrage — the right to vote — has changed over time, the forces that push people toward and away from the voting booth, and the power of political ads to shift public opinion.
Support materials include a breakdown of enduring understandings, an overview of content, a list of covered foundational documents and Supreme Court cases, ideas for extending learning, suggested classroom activities, related vocabulary words, and a student viewing guide with comprehension and critical thinking questions. For more resources from Founding Principles, check out the collection page.
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