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The History of Political Parties

Find information about and the history of political parties in America.

Democratic Party
The Democratic Party is one of the two major parties in the United States today. This profile looks at the origin, history, and major events of the Democratic Party.

Republican National Conventions
Here is a list of the dates and locations of the Republican National Conventions that have occurred since 1856.

Democratic National Conventions
Here is a list of the dates and locations of the Democratic National Conventions that have occurred since 1832.

Federalist Party
The Federalist Party was one of the first two political parties in the United States. Learn more about the Federalist Party through this profile.

Bull Moose Party
The Bull Moose Party was a political party created by Theodore Roosevelt when he was denied the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1912. Learn more about this party through this profile.

Why Third Parties?
While America is traditionally a two-party system, third parties have played extremely important roles in America. These minor parties act as watchdogs, increase awareness about issues, and sometimes even split the vote changing the outcome of an election. Read about some of the most important third parties in our history.

Reform Party
Here is the official Reform Party website. Learn about this party's beliefs and prominent members.

Democratic National Committee
Learn about the latest activities, read the headlines and research the platform of the Democratic Party.

Democratic-Republican Party
This article gives a brief overview of one of the first political parties in America. This party was founded by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to oppose the Federalists.

Federalist Party
The Federalist Party emerged in support of Alexander Hamilton's beliefs about the role of government in America. He supported a strong central government. Read about the history of the Federalist Party.

Republican Party
Find out the beliefs of President George W. Bush's party. The official website of the Republican Party provides information on current and historical events and more.

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