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The People and the Ballot: A History of American Party Politics by Joshua Kaplan

The People and the Ballot: A History of American Party Politics

by Joshua Kaplan


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The study of political parties gets straight to the heart of American politics. The story of political parties is about how we get along with one another. Political parties grew outside the Constitution and the more formal framework of government. No one planned or even wanted them. Parties developed as a response to the dream of a unified government. While parties have taken the country to the brink of violence, and beyond, they have also been vehicles for avoiding violent conflict, and for channeling disagreements.

This course provides an understanding of how American politics works and can help make sense of election results and political trends. By understanding political parties, we can better understand what is going on in American politics today and in which direction American politics may be going.

Lecture 1 The Birth of Political Parties

Lecture 2 The Origins of the Democratic Party

Lecture 3 The Origins of the Republican Party

Lecture 4 Third Parties in the Nineteenth Century

Lecture 5 Third Parties in the Twentieth Century

Lecture 6 Comparative Analysis and Party Realignment

Lecture 7 Anti-Party Reforms

Lecture 8 The Electoral College

Lecture 9 Reapportionment and Redistricting

Lecture 10 Parties in Congress

Lecture 11 Party Identification

Lecture 12 The Solid South

Lecture 13 The Southern Strategy and the Transformation of the South

Lecture 14 The Future of the American Party System


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