On This Day: Barack Obama Becomes the First African American to Win a Presidential Election

The election of Barack Obama in 2008 was a watershed moment in African American and American history. Using clips from the acceptance and concession speeches, as well as the words of outgoing president, George H. W. Bush, budding historians consider the significance of the moment. After viewing the speeches, they consider the legacy of the 2008 election.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Create discussion questions to compare and contrast the speeches from Barack Obama and John McCain on election night
  • Ask learners to compare and contrast the victory and concessions speeches
Classroom Considerations
  • Resource requires a free C-CSPAN account to view the three clips; to access, enter username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Clips are well curated and easy to use in class
  • Videos offer multiple perspectives on the election
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