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Constitutional Connection: Presidents and the Transfer of Power

20 min

Distribute Handout A: Presidents and the Transfer of Power and The United States Constitution.

Divide students into small groups and have them review the selected clauses of the Constitution.

Ask students to discuss the questions in their groups, and then reconvene for large group discussion.

To wrap up, ask students:

  • How do each of these constitutional provisions contribute to the peaceful transfer of power?
  • Does the existence of an amendment process itself contribute to the peaceful transfer of power? Why?
  • In US history, there was one presidential election (1860) where the transfer of power was not peaceful. What was markedly different in that election?