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Provides descriptions of 81 so-called "third" political parties in the US from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Each of the included parties had a distinctive impact, however brief, on American politics, and each description includes an account of the party's origin and development, its principal participants, its voting records, and its successes and failures. Also included is a discussion of the role that these supposedly minor parties have played in the American "two-party" system. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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Despite a basically two-party political system in this country, there have been numerous minor, or "third," political parties that have risen and fallen throughout American history. This unique encyclopedia includes those third parties or movements that have either run or supported various presidential candidates. Such well-known parties as the Black Panthers and the Communist Party of the U.S.A. are featured as well as such lesser-known ones as the Anti-Monopoly Party and the American Vegetarian Party. Approximately 80 narrative entries of one to ten pages in length describe the history of each party, and references to further information in books and periodical articles are given at the end of each entry. The only other similar work is Edward L. Schapsmeier and Frederick H. Schapsmeier's Political Parties and Civil Action Groups ( LJ 6/15/81). However, the entries are shorter, and that book also includes various non-party political organizations. Another more extensive work is the four-volume History of U.S. Political Parties, 1789-1972 ( LJ 11/1/73), which describes such "major" minor parties as the American Communist, American Independent, Greenback, and Prohibition parties. Extensive primary documents such as platforms and speeches are included. Various basic political science dictionaries briefly cover at least some third political parties. The Encyclopedic Dictionary of American Government (Dushkin, 1985. 3d ed.) contains entries varying from one paragraph to a quarter page for seven of ten parties checked, but Peter G. Renstrom and Chester B. Rogers's Electoral Politics Dictionary (ABC-Clio, 1989) contains very few (e.g., Liberty and American Independent), omitting the Black Panthers, Communist, and Libertarian parties. Encyclopedia of Third Parties in the United States is a worthwhile source for medium-to-large academic political science collections, but may be optional for small or public library collections. See also Political Parties & Elections in the United States: An Encyclopedia, reviewed in this issue, p. 88. --Ed . -- Louise Stwalley, Univ. of Colorado at Denver Lib.
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Book Description Abc-Clio Inc, 1991. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110874362369
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Book Description Abc-Clio Inc, 1991. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0874362369