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Ch 97: NMTA Social Science: Political Parties in the United States

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Take a look at video lessons that explore the history of political parties in the United States. Get ready for the NMTA Social Science test by reviewing the organization and structure of political parties that have impacted American government.

NMTA Social Science: Political Parties in the United States - Chapter Summary

U.S. political parties are always in the news, but how much do you remember about their history and organization? By viewing this chapter's video lessons, you'll strengthen your understanding of political parties in preparation for the NMTA Social Science test. The lessons cover party systems, third parties, and the current state of national parties in the United States. After you finish studying this chapter, you'll be ready to do the following:

  • Identify the function of political parties
  • Explain the organizational structure of national parties
  • Discuss the history of U.S. political parties
  • Compare and contrast two-party and multi-party systems
  • Give examples of third parties
  • Describe the current state of U.S. political parties
  • Address the roles of the electoral and party systems

Our experienced instructors trace the pre- and post-Civil War history of American political parties in addition to using real-world examples to help you understand the function of the electoral and party systems. You can take our short video lessons with you on your mobile device, so it's easy to fit study time into your schedule.

NMTA Social Science: Political Parties in the United States - Chapter Objectives

Licensure candidates who plan to teach social science in New Mexico's K-12 system must pass the NMTA Social Science test. This exam's 150 questions are in multiple-choice format, like our lesson quizzes and chapter exam.

Your knowledge of the U.S. political party topics explored in these video lessons will be evaluated through questions in the test's government content domain, which accounts for 19% of your score. The objectives in this category also cover political science terminology, American citizenship, the U.S. political process and the structure of the American government.

8 Lessons in Chapter 97: NMTA Social Science: Political Parties in the United States
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Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

1. Political Party: Definition, Function, Organization & Mobilization

The following lesson will introduce you to the concept of political parties in the United States government. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The National Parties: Organization & Structure

2. The National Parties: Organization & Structure

The following lesson will cover the structure and organization of the Democratic and Republican parties at the national level. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

3. History of Political Parties in the United States (Pre-Civil War)

The following lesson will discuss the history and evolution of the two-party system in the United States. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

4. History of Political Parties in the United States (Post-Civil War)

The following lesson will continue to cover the history of political parties, this time, the history that occurred after the Civil War. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

5. Two-Party & Multi-Party Systems: Similarities & Differences

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between the two-party and multi-party systems of government. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.

Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

6. Minor (Third) Parties: Definition, Role & Examples

The following lesson will introduce the concept of third parties, as well as explain their role in the national political party system. A short quiz will follow to check your understanding.

The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

7. 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.

Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

8. Electoral and Party Systems: Definition & Role

The following lesson will define and explain the role of the United States' electoral system and how it affects the shape of our party system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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