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Types of Third Parties in US Politics

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What distinguishes an issue-driven third party from a personality-driven third party?

The focus on a specific policy or issue

Which type of third party was present during the 19th century?

Issue-driven

What is a characteristic of an issue-driven third party's platform?

Concentration on a specific policy or issue

During which century was a personality-driven third party present?

20th century

What is a key difference between issue-driven and personality-driven third parties?

The focus on policy or personality

What is the primary focus of an issue-driven third party?

A specific policy or social issue

Which of the following is a characteristic of a personality-driven third party?

A charismatic leader with a strong following

What type of third party was present during the 19th century in the United States?

Issue-driven third party

Which of the following is an example of an issue-driven third party platform?

All of the above

In which century did personality-driven third parties emerge as a significant force in American politics?

20th century

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Third Party Types

  • An issue-driven third party focuses on a specific policy or issue, aiming to influence the political agenda.
  • A personality-driven third party revolves around a charismatic leader, often with a personal following.

19th Century Third Parties

  • The Liberty Party (1840) opposed slavery and advocated for its abolition.
  • The Free Soil Party (1848) sought to limit slavery's expansion and promote westward expansion.
  • The Populist Party (1892) addressed farmers' and workers' concerns, pushing for monetary reform and government regulation.
  • The Prohibition Party (1869) aimed to ban alcohol and advocate for moral reform.

20th Century Third Parties

  • The Progressive Party (1912) focused on social and political reform, led by Theodore Roosevelt.
  • The Socialist Party (1901) promoted socialist ideals, led by Eugene Debs.
  • The American Independent Party (1968) was a right-wing populist party, led by George Wallace.

Learn about the differences between issue-driven and personality-driven third parties in the US political system. Discover which type was prominent during the 19th and 20th centuries, and explore examples of their platforms.

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