A History of America’s Contentious Elections from the SNF Agora Institute and the National Constitution Center
16 October 2020

It’s the bitterly contested United States presidential race everyone is talking about. That’s right: 1800, Jefferson versus Adams.

America has had rancorous presidential elections for almost as long as it has had presidential elections. While the 2020 election certainly presents unique features, it is also the latest in a litany of contentious contests for the country’s highest office. An event held in partnership between two Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) grantees, the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, will explore this history on Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m. EDT. The event is free with advance registration.

This event marks the first collaboration between the Agora Institute and the National Constitution Center, two of a number of grants made by SNF toward a goal of promoting civil discourse and civic engagement. Created in 2018 through a $150 million grant from SNF, the SNF Agora Institute brings together experts from political science, psychology, philosophy, and other disciplines to foster open and inclusive discourse. An SNF grant to the National Constitution Center supported the creation of the Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition.