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Lecture Ch. 5 Sec. 3 & 4 (p. 109-117) The Two Party System and the Role of Minor Parties.

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1 Lecture Ch. 5 Sec. 3 & 4 (p ) The Two Party System and the Role of Minor Parties

2 The Two Party System in American History The Era of the Democrats Lincoln! (Rep.) The Era of the Republicans FDR! (Dem.) The Era of the Democrats 1968-today? The Era of divided government

3 Minor Parties in the U.S. 1.Ideological parties- follow a certain set of beliefs, longest lasting minor party (socialists) 2.Single-issue parties- concentrate on a single public policy matter (Right to Life Party) 3.Economic protest parties- protest in times of economic hardship, usually have solution or blame (Greenback Party) 4.Splinter parties- split away from one of the major parties, formed around some strong personality (Bull Moose Party)

4 The Key Role of Minor Parties 1.Critic- bring issues to the forefront of the country by pointing them out first (abortion) 2.Innovator- first to do something (national convention) 3.Spoiler- can’t win, but can decide, the presidential election (Perot 1992)

5 Create a Party! You will be placed into groups of 4. Start by making a list of the following: political issues 2. Your policy on each of those issues 3. A party name 4. A party symbol 5. A candidate

6 When you are done with those five things, split up the four assignments so that each of you is responsible for one of them. See the handout and/or ask me for more explanation of each of them: 1. The Manifesto 2. The Speech 3. The Party Poster 4. The Press Release *This entire project will be presented Thursday, so get to work NOW!!!


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