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Thomas Jefferson is remembered as one of the founding fathers of America. He was the author of the Declaration of Independence and his face graces Mount Rushmore. All of this may not have come to pass as Jefferson’s election was very complicated. At the time, the person with the most Electoral votes would become president and the person with the second most would become Vice President. Use the interactive activity below to learn more about the events that led to Jefferson’s election.

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This activity is available in our American History A courseThe first half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the arrival of the first people in North America through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students investigate Native American civilizations; follow the path of European exploration and colonization; assess the causes and consequences of the American Revolution; examine the Constitution and the growth of the new nation; and analyze what led to the Civil War and its aftermath.

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