In an era when Democrats and Republicans in the United States often disagree on key concepts, understanding how individuals and institutions interact to work toward the common good has never been more important. This informative text takes an in-depth look at civic engagement in the United States, focusing on institutions such as the news media, political parties, and the U.S. Postal Service. Primary sources give readers a better understanding of how U.S. citizens and their government have interacted throughout history to create positive change for the people. This important early elementary social studies subject is covered in rich detail and enhanced with full-color images on each page.