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The History of Third Parties


Category: Social Studies: Government

Grade Level: Middle School

Norma Jean Lutz


Copyright/published Year: 2000 by Chelsea House


ISBN: 0791055418


Binding: Hardback

The History of Third Parties examines the structure of the third-party system and shows how it offers a refuge to those who feel they are not well represented by either the Democrats or the Republicans.

The popularity of third parties has increased over the years because many Americans want to see more profound changes effected in national politics that wither of the major parties has envisioned. The 1992 presidential election, in which Ross Perot received more votes that any third-party candidate since Theodore Roosevelt, is offered as a prime example of this phenomenon. Although it continues to be difficult of third parties in the United States to wind an election, most Americans agree that they bring needed excitement and balance to the political arena.

From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic understood the importance of government. "If men were angels," observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be necessary." But men are not angels.

The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong central authority and to limit that central authority's capacity to abuse its power.

The series Your Government: How it Works provides an in-depth examination of our government and its workings and makes clear how our informed participation is crucial to government's serving both the individual and the American people as a whole.

Other Books in the Your Government -- How it Works series
The Attorney General's Office
The Cabinet
The Central Intelligence Agency
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
History of the Democrat Party
History of the Republican Party
History of Third Parties
The House of Representatives/a>
How a Bill is Passed
The Impeachment Process
The Presidency
The Internal Revenue Service
The Secretary of State
The Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Supreme Court
The U.S. Armed Forces
The U.S. Constitution
The Vice Presidency


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