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  • Describe the origin and the evolution of political parties and their influence.
  • Identify and explain the roles of various associations and groups in American politics.
  • Explain the concept of public opinion, factors that shape it, and contrasting views on the role it should
    play in public policy.
  • Explain the significance of campaigns and elections in American politics, current criticisms of campaigns,
    and proposals for their reform.
  • Explain the role of television, radio, the press, and the internet in political communication.


Suffragists Mrs. Stanley McCormick and Mrs. Charles Parker, April 22, 1913, George
Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress), accessed August 14, 2013