The Election of 1912 is one of the most important elections in the history of America. For the first time, a third party was actually a contender in the race



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The Election of 1912 is one of the most important elections in the history of America. For the first time, a third party was actually a contender in the race. The third party actually split the Republican Party and allowed for the Democratic Party candidate to win fairly easily. You probably have not been given a chance to look at the election in depth. Today, using the internet you are going to take a closer look at the Election of 1912.

  1. Visit the following website http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h887.html# (press control and click on the link) and answer the following questions:

  1. Which former President was betrayed by the Republican Party and decided to create a new party with the help of his supporters? What was the name of this party?



  1. Who represented the Republican Party in the 1912 election? Who represented the Democratic Party?



  1. After looking at the table on the website, are you surprised by the results? Do you think that a third party today has a chance of getting more votes than one of the two most dominant political parties?



  1. Now that you have an idea of what the election of 1912 was about visit the following website http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/wilson/sfeature/sf_election.html . After you get to the website follow the directions listed below.

First click on the candidate’s link on the homepage of the website. Read the information provided on each candidate and answer the following questions:

  1. What type of tariff was William Howard Taft in favor of?

  2. What was Taft’s position on the use of natural resources? Was he a strong supporter of conservation?



  1. What was the Progressive Party’s nickname and mascot? Where did the party get its nickname and mascot from?



  1. Who did Woodrow Wilson’s platform appeal to?



  1. Now that you have an idea of who each candidate was and what it stood for you ready to run your own campaign. Click on the run your campaign link on the homepage. You only need to run your campaign once. After completing your campaign answer the following questions:

  1. Did your party win the election?



  1. Why didn’t your party win the election? If your party won, why do you think they did?



  1. In order to win the election what positions on the issues would you be willing to change if you were to run your campaign again?



  1. Next, you need to visit the following website http://elections.harpweek.com/default.asp. On the website you need to find the political cartoons that were made for the 1912 election. The political cartoons show how candidates were viewed by others and how they were depicted in the media. After you have found the political cartoons for the election of 1912, answer the following questions:

  1. Choose one cartoon from the democratic nomination.

Which cartoon did you choose? Why?

What do you think the political cartoon is trying to say or portray?



  1. Choose one cartoon from the Republican nomination.

Which cartoon did you choose? Why?

What do you think the political cartoon is trying to say or portray?



  1. Now conduct your own internet search and find a political cartoon representing the Progressive Party in the election of 1912. (Hint: Look for a political cartoon about Theodore Roosevelt). After you find a cartoon answer the following questions:

Where did you find your cartoon? What is the web address?

What is the title of the cartoon? Describe the cartoon that you chose?

Why did you choose this cartoon?

What do you think the cartoon is trying to say or portray?



  1. Now go to the following website http://uselectionatlas.org/ and find the election results for the election of 1912 (click on the election results link and find the year of 1912 after that) and answer the following questions:

  1. Did Woodrow Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, or William Taft win their home states?



  1. What could be some possible reasons for the candidates winning or losing their home states? Were they close races or did they lose by a large amount of votes?



  1. If you lived during this time, would you have been happy with the results of the election? Who would you have voted for and why?



  1. After doing this activity, do you think that you are likely to vote in future elections? Why or why not?



  1. When you are eligible to vote do you think you will take time to research candidate’s platforms when deciding who to vote for? Search for a website that provides information on presidential candidates and write it below. Answer this even if you said you do not think you are likely to vote.



  1. Go to the following website http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/register.htm and answer the following questions:

  1. How long do you need to be a resident of Ohio to be qualified to vote?



  1. What are three places that you can register to vote?



  1. How far in advance do you need to register to vote in order to vote in an upcoming election?

I hope you enjoyed the internet scavenger hunt and that you now understand why the election of 1912 was an important part of history. Also, hopefully you have learned how the internet can help you make informative decisions in the future!


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