In this chapter students learned about the role of political
parties in United States politics, the organization and function
of political parties, and the four methods of nominating candidates
to political office. In this activity they will take a closer
look at the rise of the party system and how it has impacted
United States politics.
Students will visit the Library of Congress's Web site featuring
information on political parties in the United States. They
will learn about the reasons parties form and will read about
the various parties that have risen and faded throughout our
nation's history. Students will then write a one-minute speech
in which they try to convince people to join the new party
they have formed.
- Students will be able to explain causes for the formation
of political parties.
- Students will be able to describe some of the political
parties that have existed throughout our nation's history.
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- The unique conditions of different historical eras and
the differing ideologies in the United States combine to
give rise to political parties. Parties form to work toward
specific goals and to elect candidates who represent these
- The first two parties were the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans.
These parties formed to support or oppose the proposed Constitution
of the United States.
- The first "third party" formed was the Anti-Masons. It
set a precedent by holding the first party convention that
- Students' responses will vary.
- Students' parties and speeches will vary.