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1960 presidential election map and score card

Object Number: 2001.005.0027
Category: Books
Publisher: Rand McNally
Type of Object: Booklet
Date: 1960
Dimensions: Folded: 10 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (26 x 13.3 cm) Unfolded: 20 1/2 × 31 1/2 in. (52.1 × 80 cm)
Medium: Paper
1960 Presidential Election Scoreboard published by Rand McNally and distributed by the First National Bank in Dallas and WFAA-TV Channel 8. When folded it seems like a booklet, but when unfolded it is a map on one side and on the other an election score card with additional information about the role of president. It includes such information as a list of U.S. presidents and their party affiliations, the qualifications required of candidates for the presidency, a description of the structure of the American federal government and an explanation of how the electoral college works. On the map, each state is marked with the year it became a state, its population, the number of electoral votes it has, and its capital, as well as the dates and methods by which each area joined the United States. The document makes no reference at all to the specific candidates running for office in 1960.

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Curator's Notes

Alaska and Hawaii both became states in 1959.  This map reflects the first time that 50 United States voted in a federal election. - Ani Simmons, Education Coordinator

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