The Formation of Political Parties

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Students work in groups to investigate a case study using primary sources to help answer the question “Why do political parties form?” Students then use their learning to advise one of the two major U.S. political parties about a fledgling new “Teen Party”.

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Grade

High School

Subjects

Civics, Social Studies

Length

135-180 minutes

Topics

American Party, Bull Moose Party, free soil party, Know Nothings, People's Party, political parties, politics, Populists, Progressive Party, Tea Party, teens, third parties, Whig Party

Author

Democracy Project

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