Why Do We Have Political Parties?


From Origin Of Everything.

John Adams warned us. George Washington begged us not to. Despite numerous warnings, here we are on the cusp of the 2020 election with two major parties locked in a perpetual struggle for power. Today Danielle looks at the emergence of the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans shortly after the United States’s foundation and how these early parties evolved into the Two-Party System of the Democratic and Republican parties we know today.

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Works Cited
Handbook of Party Politics Ed. Richard S Katz and William Crotty
Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior Ismail K. White & Chryl N. Laird
Breaking the Two-Party Doom Loop: The Case for Multiparty Democracy in America Lee Drutman
Epstein, Leon(1967)Political Parties in Western Democracies. New York: Praeger.
Huckshorn, R. Jack. (1980). Political parties in America. North Scituate, Mass.: Duxbury Press.
Borus, György. "POLITICAL PARTIES IN THE YEARS BEFORE AND AFTER THE GLORIOUS REVOLUTION." Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) 13, no. 1/2 (2007): 121-30. Accessed September 29, 2020.

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