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Author Green, Donald J., 1939-

Title Third-party matters : politics, presidents, and third parties in American history / Donald J. Green.

Published Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2010.

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 UniM Bail  324.273 GREE    AVAILABLE
Physical description 185 p. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-179) and index.
Contents 1. Antebellum Third Parties: Liberty, Free Soil, American (Know-Nothings), Constitutional Union -- 2. The Revolt of the Farmers: Greenback, People's (Populists) -- 3. The Progressives: Bull Moose Progressives, Progressives of 1924 -- 4. George Wallace and His American Independent party -- 5. Ross Perot -- 6. Ralph Nader and the Green Party -- 7. Third-Party Also-Rans.
Summary ""Third parties have played a vital role in our history, offering a bold and different voice to issues of concern to the American people. In this timely volume covering over 170 years, Don Green gives us a thoughtful and well-written narrative of the most prominent of those parties that both informs and entertains."" "In the critical 1860 election, Tennessee slave owner John Bell stood for a newly formed third party, the Constitutional Unionists. Concerned about the future of the Union, he took a moderate position he hoped would tamp down sectional passions. Bell own 40 percent of the vote in the South, belying the belief that all southerners favored an immediate rush into secession---and demonstrating that third parties have valuable lessons to teach about American history." "Third parties have been a fixture in the American political landscape since the beginning of the modern two-party system. More than 100 of these groups have surfaced, but only a handful have made a real difference. Third-Party Matters: Politics, Presidents, and Third Parties in American History tells the intriguing stories of those 11 parties, starting with the antislavery Liberty Party of 1841." "The parties deemed worthy of inclusion were selected because they met at least one of three criteria. They were spoilers who changed the outcome of an election, they had an important influence on government policy or the future of politics and / or they had popular appeal, attracting at least ten percent of the vote. This investigation reveals the background behind each party's rise, what it stood for, who its leaders were---including larger-than-life personalities like Teddy Roosevelt, George Wallace, and Ross Perot---and the ultimate outcome of the election(s) in which each party participated. An awareness and understanding of this aspect of our past can suggest how party politics may evolve in the future."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Third parties (United States politics) -- History.
United States -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9780313365911 (alk. paper)
9780313365928 (ebook)