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Ch 10: Political Parties in the United States Government: Help and Review

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The Political Parties in the United States Government chapter of this American Government Help and Review course is the simplest way to master political parties in the United States government. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of political parties in the United States government.

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  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the structure and purpose of U.S. political parties
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  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the political parties in the United States government chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a political parties in the United States government unit of a standard American government course. Topics covered include:

  • Organization, function and mobilization of political parties
  • Organization and structure of national parties
  • Pre- and post-Civil War history of political parties in the U.S.
  • Two-party vs. multi-party systems
  • Role of third parties
  • Differences between political parties and interest groups
  • Current state of contemporary political parties
  • Electoral and party systems

19 Lessons in Chapter 10: Political Parties in the United States Government: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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 Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

7. The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between political parties and interest groups. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

The Current State of Contemporary United States Political Parties

8. 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

9. 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.

Democratic-Republican Party: Definition & History

10. Democratic-Republican Party: Definition & History

In this lesson, we'll be looking at the Democratic-Republican Party, which grew out of the Anti-Federalists and was rooted in a belief in a more decentralized Federal government. After reading, you can test your knowledge with a quiz.

Direct Primary: Definition & History

11. Direct Primary: Definition & History

A direct primary empowers ordinary party members to pick candidates for office, rather than leaving that decision to party insiders. Learn the history of the direct primary, and test your understanding with a quiz.

Divided Government: Definition, Effects, Pros & Cons

12. Divided Government: Definition, Effects, Pros & Cons

Divided government occurs when different political parties control different branches of government. We'll look at the causes and effects of this type of government, as well as the pros and cons of a divided government.

Linkage Institutions: Definition & Examples

13. Linkage Institutions: Definition & Examples

Linkage institutions are a mostly informal, yet vital, part of the American political process, connecting average citizens to their representatives. In this lesson, you'll learn about some examples of these institutions and their role in the United States' democracy.

Majority Rule: Definition & Examples

14. Majority Rule: Definition & Examples

This lesson will help you understand the system of majority rule. We will briefly discuss what it means, how it is used in the United States and some of its advantages and disadvantages.

The Populist Party: Definition, Platform, Goals & Beliefs

15. The Populist Party: Definition, Platform, Goals & Beliefs

Learn about one of the largest third-party movements in U.S. history: the 19th-century, rural-based Populist Party - its platform, aims, and beliefs. Test your understanding with a quiz.

What are Electoral Votes? - Definition & Overview

16. What are Electoral Votes? - Definition & Overview

In this lesson, we will learn about the meaning of electoral votes. We'll take a closer look at the term's definition and how it is applied here in the United States of America.

What is a Political Platform? - Definition & Examples

17. What is a Political Platform? - Definition & Examples

How do you know what a political party really stands for? A quick look through a party's platform, its statement on specific policies and general beliefs, can give you an overview of the differences between political parties.

Tea Party Movement: Facts & Platform

18. Tea Party Movement: Facts & Platform

This lesson will teach you about the Tea Party movement, a political movement that began in 2009. You will learn about important figures in the movement, as well as the beliefs that make up their platform.

What is the Tea Party Movement? - Definition & History

19. What is the Tea Party Movement? - Definition & History

We are all familiar with the Democratic and Republican political parties, but what about those 'third parties' you hear about? In this lesson, we will look at the history of the Tea Party Movement and how it has grown since its inception.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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