Welcome to a River of Parties

River of Parties presents a close reading of a unique Smithsonian artifact. Explore the complex history of American political parties at your own pace. The site is meant to help be a primer to a history outside of a two-party system, to show the birth, survival, and sometimes death of the dozens of parties in United States history.

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Check out our Further Reading for more in depth and scholarly looks at American Political History!