Peaceful Transfer of Power (Infographic)

Lesson Plan

For over two centuries, American political offices have peacefully transferred power after every election. Use this infographic/poster to show students how precedent, tradition, and legitimacy have helped create this democratic norm. Consider the importance of a peaceful transfer of power and why it is important to a democratic form of government. 


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  • Recognize how the concepts of precedent, tradition, and legitimacy have helped to establish the peaceful transfer of power
  • Understand the role a peaceful transfer of power plays in a democratic form of government


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