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Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It)

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Civics +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

With and without the vote and throughout American history, young people have been a force to be reckoned with as they take action and stand in support of the issues that matter most. In 2020 this legacy will continue; 22 million young people will be eligible to vote in American elections for the first time and countless more will likely participate in the electoral process in other ways. The Young People Shake Up Elections (History Proves It) video series from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History shares 10 stories of young people shaping and changing elections throughout American history.

This collection shares resources about stories featured in the videos plus additional stories of young people shaking up elections.  View the full series and learn more at https://s.si.edu/youth-democracy.


Benjamin Brown Foster

NMAH Education

Antislavery Medallion

National Museum of American History

Free Soil Electoral Ticket, 1836

National Museum of American History

Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

NMAH Education

Woman Suffrage Button

National Museum of American History

Woman Suffrage Paper Cup, 1915

National Museum of American History

Amy Kaukonen

NMAH Education

button

National Museum of American History

Postcard, "Votes for Women, Ohio Next!"

National Museum of American History

Carrie A. Nation Pin, 1905

National Museum of American History

American Women in Politics

National Museum of American History

Mattie Oblinger

NMAH Education

Mattie Oblinger, Nebraska State Historical Society

Nebraska State Historical Society, [Digital ID, e.g., nbhips 12036]

Grant Campaign Ribbon, 1868

National Museum of American History

Torch-Light Procession

National Museum of American History

Reconstruction of the South

National Museum of American History

Rosie Head

NMAH Education

Sign, NAACP Voter Registration Headquarters

National Museum of American History

Leaflet for Mississippi Freedom Summer

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Jose Angel Gutierrez

NMAH Education

Poster, "Registrese y Vote", 1972

National Museum of American History

Yo Soy Chicano

Smithsonian American Art Museum

John Roy Lynch

NMAH Education

John Roy Lynch

National Portrait Gallery

Heroes of the Colored Race

National Portrait Gallery

Khmer Girls in Action

NMAH Education

Poster, "A Voter's Bill of Rights", 2014

National Museum of American History

A Voter's Bill of Rights

National Museum of American History

Wide Awakes

NMAH Education

Wide Awake Campaign Ribbon, 1860

National Museum of American History

Campaign Parade Torch, 1860

National Museum of American History

Campaign Parade Torch

National Museum of American History

Election Day 1860

Smithsonian Magazine

Poster, "The Student Vote", 1972

National Museum of American History

Vote

National Museum of American History

Youth Vote Shoes, 1970s

National Museum of American History

Zitkala-Ša

NMAH Education

Zitkala Sa, Sioux Indian and activist

National Museum of American History

Zitkala-Ša

National Portrait Gallery

Zitkala-sa

National Portrait Gallery

Poster, “Register and Vote”, 1972

National Museum of American History

Emma Tenayuca

NMAH Education

Emma Tenayuca

National Museum of American History

Farmworks Strike To Save Their Union

National Museum of American History

United Farmworkers Poster

National Museum of American History

Anna Dickinson

NMAH Education

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

National Portrait Gallery

Anna Elizabeth Dickinson

National Portrait Gallery

Representative Women

National Portrait Gallery