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Do you ever wonder if someday you could be president of the United States? It takes a lot of hard work and good luck, but in America, anyone can become president. Living in New Hampshire, you get a front-row seat for one of the most important steps in becoming president—the New Hampshire primary election. It happens every four years, when men and women come from all over the country, declare themselves candidates for the presidency, and work to convince Granite Staters to vote for them. It is an example of democracy in action. In this unit, you’ll learn all about the New Hampshire primary—how it started, what its traditions are, and why it’s important for both New Hampshire and America. For more than 60 years, New Hampshire has been the first stop on the long road to the White House.

What Do We Want To Know?

What questions shape your exploration of this unit? Think about these questions as you learn about this topic.
  • 1
    Why does New Hampshire hold the first presidential primary?
  • 2
    How do the traditions of the New Hampshire primary encourage voting?
  • 3
    What impact does the New Hampshire primary have on U.S. presidential elections?
  • 4
    What role does the average person play in the New Hampshire primary?

For Students

Learn It!

Explore the history of the New Hampshire presidential primary

Find It!

View the images, objects, documents, maps, videos, biographies, and vocabulary words in this unit

Do It!

Use the knowledge you’ve gained in this unit to play these online games and complete the review activities

Go See It!

Visit New Hampshire places where the history in this unit happened

For Teachers

Unit Plan for Unit 16

Find lesson plans, vocabulary words, additional resources, and an overview of the subject