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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 1.0 Political Science

Topic B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator 1. Analyze the influence of individuals and groups on shaping public policy

Objective c. Examine the roles and functions of political parties in the American system of government

Resource Links

http://elections.harpweek.com/Campaigning-1.htm
“Harp Week’s” excellent overview of election campaigns between 1840 and 1890. Explains why this time period has been referred to as the “golden age” of parties. Site contains links to primary source documents from each presidential election during this time period.
http://www.america.gov/st/usg-english/2008/April/20080423223737eaifas0.6480067.html
“America.gov’s” summary of the role of political parties in the U.S. political system
http://www.gop.com/index.php
Home page of the contemporary Republican party. Site features many firsthand examples of roles played by political parties in American democracy
http://www.democrats.org/
Home page of the contemporary Democratic party. Site features many firsthand examples of roles played by political parties in American democracy
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Resources for Objective 1.B.1.c:
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