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Our System: Political Parties



A political party is a group of citizens who agree on major issues facing the nation. They work together to create public policies that reflect their views in order to bring about change. For two decades, the Whigs and Democrats made up the two key parties. Mexico

The Whigs faded from American politics leaving the Democrats and Republicans in a two party system that has dominated American politics.

In this lesson, students will view online newspapers and embedded permalinks to learn about elections and political campaigns.They will use the Elections Worksheet, The Electoral Vote, Count the Votes and Comparing Political Parties activities to guide their research.