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The Will of the People

Target Audience: 5th-10th Grade
Colonial Williamsburg Education presents, The Will of the People

The presidential campaign of 1800 was perhaps the most bitter in U.S. history. Thomas Jefferson explains to modern students how negative campaigning, partisan politics, and contested elections have been part of our political system since the republic’s earliest days.

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Video Segments for The Will of the People

1. Act One

Length: 7 Mins, 7 Secs

Thomas Jefferson arrives to help Danny and Nancy research past elections.

2. Act Two

Length: 6 Mins, 14 Secs

Danny and Nancy learn about negative political campaigning.

3. Act Three

Length: 11 Mins, 54 Secs

Who will win the election of 1800: Thomas Jefferson or Aaron Burr?

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