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Historical Political Movements of the US Quiz
by Staff
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
  • women's suffrage

The Know-Nothing party's platform centered on what?

  • leaders who held popular opinion as opposed to political savvy
  • anti-immigration
  • nothing

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
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Zachary Taylor

What were the Progressives particularly interested in?

  • social reform
  • getting rid of corrupt business influence
  • both

What was the first American third party?

  • the Green Party
  • the Anti-Masons
  • the Whigs

What did the Greenback movement want?

  • more money circulating
  • the gold standard
  • an environmental platform

What are greenbacks?

  • money
  • 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?

  • 1994
  • 1962
  • 1980

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?

  • Stokely Carmichael
  • Bobby Seale
  • Malcolm X

The tea party movement believes in curbing …

  • immigration
  • taxation
  • both

Who was a leading figure in the tea party movement?

  • Bob Dole
  • Sarah Palin
  • Elizabeth Warren

"We are the 99 percent" was a rallying cry for what political movement?

  • the Federalists
  • 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
  • OPEC

What were protesters arguing the WTO led to?

  • too-strong multinational corporations
  • environmental damage and labor issues
  • both

The labor movement spurred many reforms, but it started quite early. When was the first instance of a labor strike in the United States?

  • 1846
  • 1812
  • 1768

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?

  • slavery abolition
  • women's suffrage
  • the raw food movement

The women's suffrage movement resulted in the …

  • 19th amendment
  • 21st amendment
  • 14th amendment

The anti-war movement that started in the '60s marched on Washington in what year?

  • 1968
  • 1969
  • 1970

How many men were "draft dodgers" from 1965-73?

  • 98,000
  • 200,000
  • 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?

  • 1974
  • 1990
  • 1994

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?

  • Conservatism
  • Liberalism
  • Federalism

What 2016 primary presidential candidate promoted a socialist movement?

  • Hillary Clinton
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Ted Cruz