Pro-con introduction: Two-party system rooted in U.S. history

Sonny Long

Nov. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.

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America has had two major political parties for much of its history.

Thomas Jefferson founded the Democratic Party in 1792 as a congressional caucus to fight for the Bill of Rights and against the elitist Federalist Party.

In 1854, the Republican Party formally organized itself by holding its first convention and adopting a platform.

From the beginning, several third parties have tried to crack the two-party system without success.

Does the two-party system continue to serve the U.S. well,or is it time for a change?



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