Ch 45: CLEP Social Sciences and History: Political Parties in the U.S. Government

About This Chapter

This chapter offers several short video lessons on political parties and their function in American government. Each lesson offers a multiple-choice assessment to help you gauge your knowledge of the material.

CLEP Social Sciences and History: Political Parties in the U.S. Government - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

We all know about the Democrats and Republicans, but have they always been there? These videos will explain the history of political parties in the United States and explore the evolution of conservative and progressive ideals. They will also compare our two-party system to the multi-party systems of other countries and explain how parties affect the outcome of elections. These lessons:

  • Describe the structures and functions of political parties
  • Explore the role of the Civil War in shaping the modern Republican and Democratic parties
  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of a two-party system
  • Define and explain the role of national conventions, national committees, and national chairs

Video Objective
U.S. Political Parties: Purpose, History, Organization & Structure Define political parties and examine their functions.
Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples Examine the impact of minor political parties in American history.
The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups Compare parties and interest groups and see how they are related.
Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role Scrutinize the role of political parties in American elections.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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