The United States has a rich history of influential and infamous political movements. From the causes that made their mark to the ones that missed the mark completely, brush up on some of the movements that swept the country — or tried to.
Let's start our political movement quiz with some political parties that didn't pass the test of time or, at least, changed with it. What is one real (now defunct) U.S. political party?
the Free-Soil Party
the Party Party
the Do-Nothing Party
What did the Free-Soilers mainly seek?
strong Libertarian land rights
the abolition of slavery in Western states
The Know-Nothing party's platform centered on what?
leaders who held popular opinion as opposed to political savvy
What did the Know-Nothings change their name to?
the Protestant Party
the Nativist Party
the American Party
Who was nominated for president on the Bull Moose (or Progressive) Party ticket?
Warren G. Harding
What were the Progressives particularly interested in?
getting rid of corrupt business influence
What was the first American third party?
the Green Party
What did the Greenback movement want?
more money circulating
the gold standard
an environmental platform
What are greenbacks?
people who like money
money not backed by gold
When did the civil rights movement begin?
the mid-20th century
the mid-19th century
before the 18th century
What Supreme Court decision would lead to huge civil rights protests over 50 years later?
Brown v. Board of Education
Jim Crow v. United States
Plessy v. Ferguson
The gay rights movement won support from the Democratic Party when?
What spurred the Stonewall riots?
a court decision
the death of a gay man at the hands of police
a gay bar was raided by police
Who coined the phrase "black power" to define a movement?
The tea party movement believes in curbing …
Who was a leading figure in the tea party movement?
"We are the 99 percent" was a rallying cry for what political movement?
anti-Trans-Pacific Partnership protesters
Occupy Wall Street
While Occupy Wall Street started in New York City, it spawned cities across the nation to adopt what?
higher wage laws
better riot gear
more police presence
What organization spawned rioting in Seattle during its 1999 meeting?
the United Nations
the World Trade Organization
What were protesters arguing the WTO led to?
too-strong multinational corporations
environmental damage and labor issues
The labor movement spurred many reforms, but it started quite early. When was the first instance of a labor strike in the United States?
What was one of the earliest influential labor organizations in the United States called?
the Lords of Labor
the Knights of Labor
the Lawmen of Labor
The Seneca Falls Convention launched what movement in the United States?
the raw food movement
The women's suffrage movement resulted in the …
The anti-war movement that started in the '60s marched on Washington in what year?
How many men were "draft dodgers" from 1965-73?
almost half a million
While disability rights haven't yet had the huge moment in popular culture or politics that they deserve, when was the Americans with Disabilities Act signed?
Let's go back to political parties. What was the political party and movement that Thomas Jefferson started?
the Democratic-Republican Party
the Democratic Party
the Whig Party
What was the first political movement that spawned a party in United States politics?
What 2016 primary presidential candidate promoted a socialist movement?