Pro-con introduction: Two-party system rooted in U.S. history
Nov. 6, 2011 at 5:06 a.m.
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?