The establishment and evolution of political parties in the United States can be more than a little confusing to today's students. This anthology of essays offers a diverse array of perspectives that explore America's political parties. What purpose do political parties serve? Do they encourage corruption? Why are there only two major parties, and is that why the country is so divided? Given today's volatile political climate, can the United States come together and transcend party politics? Viewpoints written by experts in the field attempt to address these questions, while chapter prefaces and viewpoint introductions provide context.