Presentation on theme: "Lecture Ch. 5 Sec. 3 & 4 (p. 109-117) The Two Party System and the Role of Minor Parties."— Presentation transcript:
Lecture Ch. 5 Sec. 3 & 4 (p ) The Two Party System and the Role of Minor Parties
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
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)
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)
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
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!!!