Party Systems: Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics Video Analysis with Key- This is a 12 page document that contains a video analysis assignment and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 35 questions based on The Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Party Systems.
This assignment will ask students to go to YouTube and watch the Crash Course U.S. Government and Politics video: Party Systems. This video will provide a historical overview of the different eras of party systems in American history:
- The First Party System (1796-1824)- The Federalists and Democratic-Republicans.
- The Second Party System (1824-1860)- The Democrats and the Whigs.
- The Third Party System (1860-1896) The Republicans and the Democrats and the results of the Civil War and Reconstruction
- The Fourth Political System (1896-1932) The Republicans, Democrats, and the influence of the Populist Party and Progressive Party
- The Fifth Party System (1932-1968) The dominance of the Democratic Party and the shift of Southern support to the Republicans.
- The Sixth Party System (1968-Present) The current state of political affairs in our country between Republicans and Democrats.
Each era is broken down and the important shifts in support between parties is highlighted.
This video analysis can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan. Students love the independence of this assignment by getting to use laptops, Chromebooks, or even their own cellphones to watch the video. Crash Course videos tend to move fast so students often find success if they watch the video through once before going back to pause/play to find the answers to all of the questions.