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Bell Ringer: The Historical Differences between the Republican and Democratic Parties

The Historical Differences between the Republican and Democratic Parties

Michael Barone, auther and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, described what he sees as the enduring characteristics of the Democratic and Republican Parties. He discussed how they formed, changed throughout history and how they might look in the future.

Description

Michael Barone, auther and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, described what he sees as the enduring characteristics of the Democratic and Republican Parties. He discussed how they formed, changed throughout history and how they might look in the future.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Mr. Barone say are the enduring characteristics of the Republican Party?
  • What does Mr. Barone say are the enduring characteristics of the Democratic Party?
  • Describe how each of the parties formed.
  • Historically, how have the two parties responded to significant political disasters?
  • According to Mr. Barone, how do the two political parties provide an avenue for political expression for the country?

Additional Resources

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Andrew Jackson
    • Barry Goldwater
    • Coalition
    • Constituency
    • Democrats
    • Kansas- Nebraska Act
    • Protectionist
    • Republican
    • Third Party

    Topics

    Political PartiesU.S. History

    Grades

    Middle SchoolHigh SchoolUniversity