The day of the first US presidential election – level 2
The first US presidential election started on December 15, 1788. It ended on January 10, 1789. It took so long because the communication between states was very slow. There was no telephone and no telegraph in 1788.
George Washington was extremely popular at that time. He was a successful commander who won a war against England. There was no other candidate who could win.
In 1788, there were only 10 states which formed the US. 69 people were chosen from these states. Then, they could choose the president. All 69 people voted for George Washington. He became the first president of the United States.
Difficult words: election (when people choose somebody for a job or a role), telegraph (a way to talk when you send a message through a wire; the telegraph was before the telephone), commander (a leader in the army), vote (to choose which person you want to be a leader).
How do you think the process of communication has changed since 1788 to improve the election process?
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