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American Political Parties & Interest Groups - Chapter Summary
The topic of special interest groups and division among political parties remains a major and contentious issue within the United States. Students can learn about the history of political parties and interest groups in the United States by watching the video lessons found in this chapter.
Each lesson is dedicated to a specific issue or historical event students will need to know about in order to understand the history of American interest groups and political division. The lessons will teach your students about these major events, and provide clear definitions and examples of the issues relevant to the subject. This chapter specifically includes lessons on:
- The origins of the Republican Party
- The 1860 Democratic National Convention
- Current U.S. political parties
- United States interest groups
- The political influence of interest groups
Once your students have completed these lessons, they can take the practice quizzes also found in this chapter to see how well they remembered some of the chapter's main points. If your students wish to study a hard copy of these lessons later on, the chapter contains transcripts of each lesson that can be accessed any time.
1. The Birth of the Republican Party: Contributing Factors & Platform
In this lesson, we will examine the birth of the Republican Party. We will look at the issues that sparked the Party's creation, examine its platform, and study its early successes.
2. The 1860 Democratic National Convention: The Party Splits
In this lesson, we will examine the split that took place in the Democratic Party at its 1860 national convention. Facing insurmountable differences, the Democrats nominated two presidential candidates, one for the North, the other for the South.
3. Republican & Democratic Beliefs on Education in the United States: Similarities & Differences
Democrats and Republicans agree that the future success of the United States lies in an effective education system. However, while they agree on the overall goal, the two parties disagree about the best policies to accomplish it. In this lesson, we'll look at some of the education policy perspectives of each party.
4. The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties
The following lesson will cover the current state of the two major political parties in the United States and the mechanisms that cause political change. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
5. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types
The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
6. Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson will describe the strategies used by interest groups to influence American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
7. Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson covers the political theories that attempt to assess the perceived benefits of interest groups in American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
8. Freedom of Speech, Press & Assembly: Definition, Importance & Limitations
In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of speech, press and assembly. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind these freedoms and the specific clauses of freedom of speech, press and assembly and what they mean to society today.
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