Historical Political Movements of the US Quiz



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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-Soilers had some popularity in the mid-1800s.


What did the Free-Soilers mainly seek?

The party was small but had some real influence pre-Civil War. It wanted to abolish slavery in Western states.


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

Another mid-19th-century political party, the Know-Nothings held extreme anti-immigration views.


What did the Know-Nothings change their name to?

They were originally the Know-Nothing Party because members were told to say they "knew nothing" when asked about the group, which is kind of a dumb policy for a political movement that wants to become popular.


Who was nominated for president on the Bull Moose (or Progressive) Party ticket?

Roosevelt was nominated but lost to Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 election.


What were the Progressives particularly interested in?

The Bull Moose Party wanted political and social reforms.


What was the first American third party?

The Anti-Masons opposed both Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson in the 1832 election.


What did the Greenback movement want?

The 19th-century movement wanted more money to remain in circulation.


What are greenbacks?

Greenbacks are money not backed by gold. Farmers and other workers wanted prices to remain higher, so they supported greenbacks in circulation.


When did the civil rights movement begin?

It began before the 18th century. While the civil rights movement made huge strides in the mid-20th century, there was a long tradition of activists working to ensure civil rights in early American life.


What Supreme Court decision would lead to huge civil rights protests over 50 years later?

The decision on Plessy v. Ferguson declared "separate but equal" constitutional.


The gay rights movement won support from the Democratic Party when?

In 1980 the Democratic Party added a plank of nondiscrimination for gays and lesbians to its platform.


What spurred the Stonewall riots?

The Stonewall raid and subsequent riots were a defining moment in gay rights.


Who coined the phrase "black power" to define a movement?

Born Stokely Carmichael, the leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee later changed his name to Kwame Toure.


The tea party movement believes in curbing …

It believes in curbing both. While immigration wasn't part of the original Boston Tea Party, it became a rallying point for early 21st-century tea partyers.


Who was a leading figure in the tea party movement?

Sarah Palin gave the keynote address at the first National Tea Party Convention.


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

Occupy Wall Street didn't have a centralized system of organization, but it did spread slogans well.


While Occupy Wall Street started in New York City, it spawned cities across the nation to adopt what?

It may not have a leader, but by 2014 many cities were considering wage hikes or minimum wage raises.


What organization spawned rioting in Seattle during its 1999 meeting?

The WTO annual meeting had an estimated 50,000 protesters.


What were protesters arguing the WTO led to?

The activists believed that increasing globalization would lead to global harm. They argued that all these were 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?

Tailors in New York City stopped working to protest a wage cut in 1768.


What was one of the earliest influential labor organizations in the United States called?

The Knights of Labor were replaced by the American Federation of Labor (AFL) in the late 19th century.


The Seneca Falls Convention launched what movement in the United States?

Hosted at Elizabeth Cady Stanton's home, the delegates wrote a "declaration of sentiments" that urged women to organize for equal rights.


The women's suffrage movement resulted in the …

The 19th amendment gave women the right to vote in 1920.


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

The biggest rally in political history protested the Vietnam War in the nation's capitol in 1969.


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

Almost half a million were draft dodgers. Many people did not have any interest in serving in the Vietnam War.


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?

The act was signed in 1990. It protects those with physical or mental disabilities by giving them equal opportunity in many areas of life.


Let's go back to political parties. What was the political party and movement that Thomas Jefferson started?

OK, it's confusing; but the Democratic-Republican Party, which favored decentralized government, was actually a precursor to the Republican platform.


What was the first political movement that spawned a party in United States politics?

The Federalist Party favored a strong, centralized government.


What 2016 primary presidential candidate promoted a socialist movement?

Bernie Sanders happily embraced the movement of socialist democracy.


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