by Periodic Presidents | Mar 8, 2023 | Amendments, Blog, Infographics, Making History
It’s Civic Learning Week, and we’re joining educators, students, organizations, and policymakers to promote civic education across the nation. So there’s no better time to start our new Making History series.
In the first installment, we’re making an infographic—from inspiration to finished product. Join PJ as he takes you through the steps to make your own First Amendment infographic.
To get started, grab a pencil and a piece of paper. Then check out the template, graph paper, bulleted paper, and First Amendment text. Let’s have some fun making history and creating an infographic together!
Read more about the First Amendment on the Constitution Center’s website.
by Periodic Presidents | Feb 23, 2023 | Blog, Infographics
Periodic Presidents is teaming up with Civics 101 in a new project called Sound & Vision. We’re creating brand new infographics for Civics 101’s most popular episodes. They’re the sound, and we’re the vision.
For the first batch of Sound and Vision infographics, we’ve landed on the following episodes: How a Bill (Really) Becomes a Law, The President and the Price of Gas, and The President and the 25th Amendment.
We designed these infographics with students and teachers in mind. Tune in to a Civics 101 episode, and pair it with the infographic in digital or print form. It’s Sound & Vision from Civics 101 and Periodic Presidents. . . Oh yes!
by Periodic Presidents | Jan 19, 2023 | Blog, Elections, Infographics, Presidents
Which presidents lost the popular vote (but won the election)?
Five presidents lost the popular vote, but won the election: John Quincy Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump.
These five presidents are stuck together in the Unpopular Bond—the next infographic in our Iconic Bonding series. Check it out (and hopefully learn a thing or two along the way)!
Andrew Jackson received the most electoral votes, but not a majority. John Quincy Adams was chosen by the House of Representatives, and Jackson supporters called it a corrupt bargain.
In a disputed election, Rutherford B. Hayes defeated Samuel J. Tilden by one electoral vote.
Benjamin Harrison defeated incumbent Grover Cleveland—only to be defeated by Cleveland in the next election.
George W. Bush defeated Al Gore after the Supreme Court ended a recount.
Donald Trump lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by more than 2.8 million votes, but he won the electoral vote.
WHAT IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?
The Constitution established the electoral college system to elect the president and vice president. Today, it takes 270 electoral votes to win a presidential election.
A state’s electoral votes are calculated by adding its number of representatives (depends on population) and its number of senators (all states have two). For example, Hawaii has two representatives and two senators, so it has a total of four electoral votes. At 54 votes, California currently has the most electoral votes.
To learn more about the electoral college, be sure to check out our poster.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS?
From the corrupt bargain to the Florida recount, learn about all fifty-nine presidential elections in our colorful and engaging infographic. There’s always something new to learn! Be sure to check out our poster
Davis, Kenneth C., and Pedro Martin. Don’t Know Much about the Presidents. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
DeGregorio, William A., and Aaron Jaffe. The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books, Inc., 2017.
Kane, Joseph Nathan, and Janet Podell. Facts about the Presidents: A Compilation of Biographical and Historical Information. New York: H.W. Wilson, 2009.
by Periodic Presidents | Nov 21, 2022 | Blog, Elections, Posters
The only poster you’ll need for the next presidential elections! Updated with the latest 2020 census data. This engaging poster shows each state’s electoral votes. The bigger the bubble, the more votes for that state. We see you, California!
Also, you’ll notice small green and red arrows by some bubbles. These states gained (green) or lost (red) electoral votes, since the last census.
If you’ve ever needed an instant electoral college reference, this is your poster!
ELECTORAL COLLEGE MERCH
Since 1787, the Electoral College has represented the voice of the American people (sort of).
Our new poster is printed in the United States on a durable 100-lb full-bodied paper, with an attractive matte finish.
Hey—if you’re going to hang a poster in your classroom, why not make it colorful, engaging, and fun-ctional!
We’ve been making engaging posters since 2006, and we hope that you enjoy the latest addition to our poster line.
by Periodic Presidents | Oct 24, 2022 | Blog, Five Favorites, Presidents
We recently traveled to the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis, Missouri. Here are five things that stuck with us after our visit to White Haven.
So, you’re telling me that White Haven is actually green? Say what you will, the Paris green paint color works.
After analyzing layers of paint and historical documents, historians determined the house was Paris green during Grant’s ownership.
We were immediately drawn to this red building that appeared to be sunken into the ground.
This is the Grants’ icehouse, and it was used to keep perishable items cool—like a nineteenth century refrigerator.
During winter months, blocks of ice were cut from local water sources and packed in saw dust (for insulation). According to our tour, the ice could stay frozen until June!
This signed first-edition copy of Grant’s personal memoirs reminds the visitor of a full life.
Throughout the tour, we reflected on the ups and downs of Grant’s life: from struggling farmer to Civil War hero. And from becoming president of the United States to enduring near financial ruin in his later years.
Grant completed his memoirs shortly before his death, and the work remains a valuable historical resource.
Adjacent to the U.S. Grant National Historic Site, you’ll notice Grant’s Farm, a family park owned by Anheuser-Busch.
Inside the park’s gates, you’ll find Grant’s Hardscrabble cabin. Ulysses and Julia lived here for only a short time: from September 1856 to January 1857.
The Hardscrabble cabin was dismantled and moved three times before it found its present location at Grant’s Farm.
On the way out of the site, we snapped this picture. It’s a great reminder that we all have a part in preserving our country’s past.
ULYSSES S. GRANT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
by Periodic Presidents | Sep 30, 2022 | Blog, Presidents
Every once in a while music and history collide in interesting ways. Dust off your cassette player. It’s time for songs about the presidents.
In his distinctive voice, J.B. Lenoir sings of difficult times in Eisenhower’s America. The song was eventually re-recorded and renamed “Tax Payin’ Blues.”
The Man in Black recounts the assassination of James A. Garfield. The upbeat and haunting chorus sticks around long after the song ends.
“James K. Polk”
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants always deliver on the geeky history songs. This is their folky tale of “Young Hickory,” “Napoleon of the Stump.”
“Ronnie, Talk to Russia”
Watch out for the snare drum attack on this one. In this Cold War cut, Prince urges Reagan to talk to Russia before nuclear war breaks out.
“Funky President (People It’s Bad)”
The Godfather of Soul recorded this song after Richard Nixon’s resignation, and Gerald Ford is the “brand new funky president.”
“We’d Like to Thank You, Herbert Hoover”
Annie Ensemble, Charles Strouse, Peter Howard
In this bitter song about President Hoover, the cast from Annie laments about hard times during the Great Depression.
“Abraham, Martin & John”
Marvin Gaye sings of loss in this song that mentions Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy.
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