History & Political Science

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Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy. Volume 7, Issue 3, Pages 51-62.

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The role of popular culture in civic education is important. Many television viewers learn about the American political process through various dramatized depictions. The 25th Amendment has often received much attention from Hollywood, as it provides writers, directors, and producers a tool with which to further dramatize presidential succession. Through the television shows West Wing, Designated Survivor, Commander in Chief, Madam Secretary, and Political Animals, viewers are exposed to storylines revolving around the 25th Amendment. By viewing these dramatized versions of presidential succession, viewers are better able to understand the process and political science instructors are better able to elucidate the process in the classroom.


25th Amendment, Commander in Chief, Designated Survivor, Madam Secretary, Political Animals, Popular Culture, Presidential Succession, West Wing


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