SAT Subject US History Practice Question 613: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 613

54. The two-party political system emerged in part because of which of the following?

A. Progressivism
B. Civil unrest
C. Sectionalism
D. Republicanism
E. Nationalism

Correct Answer: C


Sectionalism divided the nation in half along regional lines, and each region came to be identified with a political party. In the presidential election of 1796, the Democratic-Republicans controlled the South (and Pennsylvania) while the Federalists controlled the northeast (and Maryland and Delaware).

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