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Text by Karl Kahler Illustrations by Jim Hummel Animation and presentation by Kevin Boyd

The United States is perhaps the most stable democracy in the history of the world, and its two-party political system, however reviled, is one of the secrets of its survival. The struggle between left and right, while often creating gridlock, has also led to a balance between opposing ideologies that over time has meant a stable center. Here's a look at the history of the major political parties and their pursuit of the presidency.

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