SUMMIT, NJ - Thanks to support from The Summit Foundation, Dr. Ian Drake of Montclair State University will be 'returning' to the Summit Free Public Library to deliver a virtual six-week lecture series -- 'American Presidential Elections: Past and Present' -- beginning on May 15. The series is the latest offering in the Library’s popular 'Explore Your World Minicourses for Adults' series,

Drake will describe the nature of the presidency at each period, the nature of campaigning, the pressures of party politics, and other aspects of American history.  The course, taught via Zoom, starts on Friday, May 15 and runs from 10am-12pm.

The course will cover:

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Jefferson v. Adams in 1800: Making History

Jackson v. Adams v. Crawford v. Clay in 1824: The "Corrupt Bargain"

The Election of 1860: Lincoln and the Path to Civil War

The Election of 1912: Roosevelt Spoils It

The Election of 2000: The Electoral College and the Supreme Court

The 2016 & 2020 Elections and the State of the Presidency

To register for the course, visit and go to the Events tab at the top of the page.  Those with questions can call the Summit Free Public Library help line, Mondays - Fridays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., at 908-273-0350, option 3. A link for the Zoom group will be sent out closer to the time the first class and registrants should keep an eye on their email. Space is limited. 

To sign up for a free Zoom account, visit