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Election Day

We talk about presidents being elected "to the White House." But how has living in the White House changed over time? How has the building grown as a symbol of the U.S. and the presidency? FIND OUT MORE »

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Image, NARA: U.S. Electoral College, NARA.

Uncover the inner workings and history of the US Electoral College. Click here [...] »

Vice-President James Schoolcraft Sherman

Unforeseen events and potential crises forced politicians and lawmakers to [...] »

Photograph, The trouble with senators who oppose the League, 1911, LoC.

Access 59 sound recordings of 1918-1920 speeches by American leaders. [...] »

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Maine Results. Herblock cartoon, 1932

Donald A. Ritchie, Historian of the U.S. Senate, asks how a political cartoon [...] »

Image, Republican chart for the presidential campaign, 1868, Library of Congress

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Tariff juggling at Washington, E. W. Kemble, Harpers Weekly, July 10, 1909

Poking fun and puncturing pomposity—how can you interpret political [...] »

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Print, Dividing the national map, 1860, Library of Congress

What can historical election maps tell us? Take a look at the electoral vote [...] »

Photo, Lincoln Inaugural Bible, 2008, Michaela McNichol

The first day on the new job is difficult for everybody—including U.S. [...] »

Woodcut on wove paper, "Union,"  c. 1848, Thomas W. Strong, Library of Congress

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