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The History of the Democrat Party


Category: Social Studies: Government

Grade Level: Middle School

Bruce & Becky Durost Fish


Copyright/published Year: 2000 by Chelsea House


ISBN: 0791055396


Binding: Hardback

From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic understood the importance of government. "If men were angels," observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be necessary." But men are not angels.

The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong cen-tral authority and to limit that central authority's capacity to abuse its power.

The series YOUR GOVERNMENT How IT WORKS provides an in-depth examina-tion of our government and its processes and makes clear how our informed participation is crucial to government's serving both the individual and the American people as a whole.

The History of the Democratic Party is a survey of the often turbulent national events and influences that shaped the party, from its inception in the late 18th century as a "faction" to counterbalance the Federalists to its emergence in the 20th century as a party known for its innovative use of government programs to improve working conditions, promote racial equality, and address other social issues.

The History of the Democratic Party concludes with a portrayal of the party in the Clinton era as it continues to disagree over moderate and liberal solutions to the nation's problems. The party's hope in the 21st century will be to avoid the destructive splits of the past while continuing to engage in vigorous and relevant debate.

Other Books in the Your Government -- How it Works series
The Attorney General's Office
The Cabinet
The Central Intelligence Agency
The Drug Enforcement Administration
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
History of the Democrat Party
History of the Republican Party
History of Third Parties
The House of Pepresentatives/a>
How a Bill is Passed
How to Become an Elected Official
The Impeachment Process
The Presidency
The Internal Revenue Service
The Secretary of State
The Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Supreme Court
The U.S. Armed Forces
The U.S. Constitution
The Vice Presidency


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