Tutor profile: Kaitlin E.
What is a thesis statement?
A thesis statement is one sentence that states the purpose of a research paper or essay, specifically expository or argumentative essays.
Subject: US Government and Politics
Explain what the electoral college is, and how it has limited the public's ability to influence national government.
The electoral college is a body of people that formally vote for, and elect, the president and vice president. Each state is allocated a certain number of electors, based on the states total population, and number of representatives in congress. Electors cast their votes based on which candidate won the popular vote in their state. Most states follow the "winner takes all" rule, where the winning candidate receives all electoral votes, no matter how close the margin of victory won. Some states, however, split electoral votes between candidates, depending on the distribution of popular votes. There are 538 electoral votes in each election. The candidate who receives at least 270 electoral votes wins the presidency. The electoral college limits the public's ability to influence national government, because though people are voting for president, they are not directly electing the nation's chief executive. Because of how electoral votes are distributed, and because some states split electoral votes and some do not, it is possible for a candidate to win the popular vote, yet lose the election. Meaning, in some instances, a person has lost the popular vote, yet still become president. Therefore, the results of the electoral vote do not always reflect the voice of the people, limiting the people's ability to influence national government.
Subject: US History
Why is consumerism considered one of the causes of the Great Depression?
Consumerism rose during the 1920s because wealth and prosperity were making luxury items, such as homes, automobiles, radios, kitchen appliances and jewelry more accessible to the new middle class. So, because items were more affordable, and because the appearance of wealthiness was appealing to most, people were making more large purchases than before. However, the items being purchased were durable, and consumers did not need to purchase replacements very often. Further, there was very little need for the purchase of "seconds." Therefore, the consumerism bubble burst, and the market for very expensive goods slowed.
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