SAT Subject US History Practice Question 196: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 196

87. Which of the following happened for the fist time during the presidential election of 1828?

A. A Federalist won the election.
B. Free African Americans voted.
C. The voters, not the state legislatures, chose the electors.
D. Native Americans voted.
E. A war hero won the election.

Correct Answer: C

Explanation:

The Constitution had been amended to allow direct popular election of the electors. Federalists already had served as president; African Americans and Native Americans did not have the franchise until many years later; and the first war hero to win an election was George Washington.

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