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presidential symbols

How did the Republican and Democratic parties get their animal symbols?

The Democratic Party’s donkey and the Republican Party’s elephant have been on the political scene since the 19th century. The origins of the ...
victoria woodhull

Who was the first woman to run for president?

Most American women didn’t win the right to vote until the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, but the first female candidate for president came ...
voting booth

Why do we vote on a Tuesday in November?

Ever wonder why elections are held on Tuesdays? The answer lies with America’s 19th-century farmers. Americans first began the custom of weekday voting ...
Electoral College

How does the Electoral College work?