Bell Ringer: Special Sessions of Congress: Truman's Turnip Day Speech

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One of the checks and balances built into the United States Constitution, is the president's ability to call a special session of Congress. A bell ringer, designed to stir interest in this check that president has on the legislative branch, is a short video that shows President Truman calling for the Turnip Day Special Session.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups research other times (there are 28 total) a president has called congress to return for a special sessions
  • Also investigate the results of the special session called for in Truman's Turnip Day speech


Classroom Considerations
  • Part of C-Span's Bell Ringer series
  • Presumes class members have previously studied the government's system of check and balances
  • Truman's speech is from the 1948 Democratic National Convention
Pros
  • The resource includes discussion questions, worksheets, and teaching suggestions
Cons
  • None