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  1. #1 Which American minor party has been the most successful..? 
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    Though minor parties in the United States have not been successful, some have been more "successful" than others. In your view, which American minor party has been comparatively the most "succcessful"? (Of course, what constitutes "success" is arugable but can be proved with examples and solid evidence)


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  3. #2 Third Parties 
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    Have you defined what constitutes as "success"? Is success based on the partyís endurance? Is success based on popular and/or electoral votes? Policy initiative? Reform? Ability to form coalitions to achieve some sort of reform? Ability to influence Amendment ratification to the Constitution? This question is completely based upon opinion. There are several that can be considered: Prohibition Party, Progressive Party (1912), Socialist Party of America (1901-1972), American Labor Party (1936-1956). There are several minor parties that can be argued as the most successful, but it is based upon how one defines success. Also try looking on the second floor of your college library in the call number section- JK2260ís, for there are many resources related to party politics in the United States.

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    Welcome nouveau; Nice to see a little historical knowledge, on board. I'd add that the most successful might be both the Democratic and Republican, starting about 1826-1854 respectfully. Both those names of course sprang from the first US party, the Democratic-Republican Party. The Whigs also had a little success in the old days. Hope to see you around for awhile....
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    Quote Originally Posted by nouveau
    Have you defined what constitutes as "success"? Is success based on the partyís endurance? Is success based on popular and/or electoral votes? Policy initiative? Reform? Ability to form coalitions to achieve some sort of reform? Ability to influence Amendment ratification to the Constitution? This question is completely based upon opinion. There are several that can be considered: Prohibition Party, Progressive Party (1912), Socialist Party of America (1901-1972), American Labor Party (1936-1956). There are several minor parties that can be argued as the most successful, but it is based upon how one defines success. Also try looking on the second floor of your college library in the call number section- JK2260ís, for there are many resources related to party politics in the United States.

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    I agree and was looking for the eye of the beholder as far as success was defined. The only thing I asked was to use examples or other facts to prove your opinion. In my own opinion I believe the Socialist Party is one of the few minor parties that have been successful where as success is defined as having policy or agenda incorporated or adopted by the major parties.
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    Fantastique ! Socialist Party would be interesting. There is a good bit of information available. I went a different route; I concentrated on the Prohibition Party and its coalitions along with amending the Constitution and longevity of the party. Although an easy argument can be made on the unsuccessfulness of the party which is why went a step further and broke minor parties down into different categories.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nouveau
    Fantastique ! Socialist Party would be interesting. There is a good bit of information available. I went a different route; I concentrated on the Prohibition Party and its coalitions along with amending the Constitution and longevity of the party. Although an easy argument can be made on the unsuccessfulness of the party which is why went a step further and broke minor parties down into different categories.
    I am gathering all my sources for writing on this topic. I have finals and then must write this paper on the minor party that I feel has been the most "successful". I have decided on the Socialist party for the above reasons. Do you have any sources you could recommend on me reading to have better evidence to argue my position?

    thanks for your help
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    I assume you attend GSW. If so, try looking on the second floor of the library in the call number section- JK2260ís, for there are many resources related to party politics in the United States and the Socialist Party.
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    With out getting involved, you both might enjoy reading about the Progressive Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, which worked with all the then parties. Briefly it was a socialist movement, control by big Federal Government, anti Constitutional and involved in many actions of the day. Glen Beck, has been trying to bring those issues to light, in explaining the direction of the Democratic Party of today, which has gained some attention.
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    I would argue that many of the most "successful" 3rd-parties have been anything but considering that they merely take votes from the major party most aligned to their views. Prime example would be Nader in 2000.
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    That kind of thinking is why the US has two entrenched parties. Voters think their ballots matter by "winning". Actually the most influential voters are the ones parties tweak policy to capture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JX
    I would argue that many of the most "successful" 3rd-parties have been anything but considering that they merely take votes from the major party most aligned to their views. Prime example would be Nader in 2000.
    Another example coming right up: Tancredo in Colorado governor's race, planning to run for the Constitution Party because the R's have shot themselves in the feet. Result will be Hickenlooper, D, wins.
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