Democrats and Republicans. Blue and Red. Donkeys and Elephants. Left and Right. These represent our two-party system. Why two parties, and not three? Can I start my own political party? What do the donkeys and elephants represent? Find out the answers to all of these questions in "The Two-Party System" ToolBook.
- The rise of the two-party system—and the role of third parties in U.S. history
- Special interest groups: Do they undermine the two-party system?
- Direct democracy: the initiative, referendum and recall.
- Undemocracy: reapportionment, redistricting, and gerrymandering.
Make the two-party system memorable!
- Why conservatives don't like the New York Times.
- Where do YOU fit in the political spectrum?
- Third Party Candidates: From Ross Perot to (possibly) Michael Bloomberg
- Political cartoons: Arnold Schwarzenegger and the recall in California
- Gerrymandering: Why did the Texas legislators flee to Oklahoma?
|1. The two-party system|
|The two-party system|
|#1 Lecture||What is a political party?|
|#2 Lecture||What is the two-party system?|
|#3 Chart||How the two-party system began|
|#4 Chart||Why we have only two parties|
|#5 Chart||The two-party system: supporters vs critics|
|#6 Lecture||Trends, 1860 to the present|
|#7 Chart||Comparing the Republicans and Democrats|
|#8 Graphic Organizer||Can you describe the two parties today?|
|#9 List||Conservatives don’t like the New York Times|
|#10 Chart||The political spectrum: liberals vs. conservatives|
|#11 Internet||What are you?|
|#12 Group Analysis||The two-party system|
|#13 Political Cartoons||The two-party system|
|#14 Political Cartoons||Third parties|
|#15 Lecture||The history of third parties|
|#16 Game||Third parties|
|#17 Game||Third parties|
|#18 Game||Types of third parties|
|#19 Political Cartoons||Third parties|
|#20 Quotations||Famous third party candidates|
|#21 Chart||Why third parties are important|
|#22 Group Analysis||The top ten reasons why third parties are a darned good thing|
|#23 Group Analysis||The two-party system|
|#24 Group Analysis||Third parties|
|#25 Debate||“Third parties should participate in presidential debates.”|
|#26 Chart||The future of the two parties|
|#27 Game||The two-party system (recall terms)|
|#28 Game||Can you talk like a politician? (define terms)|
|Test||The two-party system: 187 questions|
|Special interest groups|
|#29 Lecture||Special interest groups|
|#30 Chart||Types of special interest groups|
|#31 Group Analysis||Political action committees|
|#32 Internet||Political action committees - logos|
|#33 Group Analysis||Lobbyists|
|#34 Political Cartoons||Lobbyists|
|#35 Brief reading||Elizabeth Drew, “The Revolving Door”|
|#36 List||Books to read|
|#37 Internet||Special interest groups: pro and con|
|#38 Group Analysis||Special interest groups|
|#39 Group Analysis||Political action committees|
|#40 Debate||Do special interest groups run Washington, D.C.?|
|#41 Game||The ABCs of Lobbying (recall terms)|
|#42 Game||Can you talk like a Pac-man? (define terms)|
|Test||Special interest groups: 93 questions|
|Initiative, Referendum, Recall|
|#43 Lecture||Direct Democracy|
|#44 Group Analysis||The initiative|
|#45 Group Analysis||The referendum|
|#46 Lecture||California: famous for initiatives and referendums|
|#47 Political Cartoons||The initiative|
|#48 Group Analysis||The top ten reasons why direct democracy is good|
|#49 Group Analysis||The top ten reasons why representative democracy is good|
|#50 Brief readings||Nine readings from The Economist|
|#51 Group Analysis||The initiative|
|#52 Debate||Does your state need the initiative or referendum?|
|#53 Group Analysis||The recall|
|#54 Group Analysis||The recall|
|#55 Political Cartoons||The recall|
|#56 Group Analysis||The top ten reasons why the recall is a darned good thing|
|#57 Group Analysis||The top ten reasons why the recall is going too far|
|#58 Game||Direct democracy|
|#59 Game||Direct democracy|
|#60 Game||The ABCs of direct democracy (recall terms)|
|#61 Game||Can you talk like a petitioner? (define terms)|
|Test||Direct democracy: 53 questions|
|#62 Document||U.S. Department of State, “The Benchmark of Elections”|
|#63 Lecture w/ graphic organizer||Reapportionment|
|#64 Group Analysis||Reapportionment|
|#65 Maps & Chart||s Reapportionment|
|#66 Group Analysis||Gerrymandering|
|#68 Internet||Maps: Gerrymandering|
|#69 Political Cartoons||: Gerrymandering|
|#70 Internet||The Congressmen from Texas|
|#71 Internet||Gerrymandering: pro and con|
|#72 Chart||The top ten reasons why gerrymandering is bad|
|#73 Chart||The top five reasons why incumbents are re-elected|
|#74 Chart||We ought to all move to Iowa . . .|
|#75 Group Analysis||Reapportionment|
|#76 Group Analysis||Gerrymandering|
|#77 Debate||Nonpartisan commissions|
|#78 Game||The ABCs of reapportionment (recall terms)|
|#79 Game||Can you talk like Elbert Gerry? (define terms)|
|Test||Reapportionment: 102 questions|
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