We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution, Level 3
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Lesson 16 Purpose
Soon after the federal government was established, there was an unforeseen development to which most of the Framers were opposed: the formation of political parties. This lesson describes the Framers' views on political parties and how the first parties came to be formed. It also explains how parties became an essential component of the American political system by helping to address challenges that the Constitution left unresolved.

When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to explain why the Framers opposed the idea of political parties. You should be able to describe the other ideas that helped political parties to gain acceptance. You should be able to explain the conflicting points of view that led to the development of parties and the roles that political parties have played in the American constitutional system. You also should be able to evaluate, take, and defend positions on the importance of political parties today. Audio ]
Lesson 16      What Is the Role of Political Parties in the Constitutional System?
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