Primary source materials are a great way for students to experience firsthand a historic event, to more fully understand a pivotal actor or figure, or to explore legislation or a judicial decision. Students leave these readings better prepared to grapple with secondary sources. In fact, they can often support a different interpretation or more critically engage with analysis. This new volume—with 50 documents that include speeches, court cases, letters, diary entries, excerpts from autobiographies, treaties, legislation, regulations and reports, documentary photographs, ad stills, public opinion polls, transcripts, and press releases—is a great starting point for any parties and elections course. Careful editing, pithy headnotes, and discussion questions all enhance this useful reader.
Chapter 10: Martin Van Buren's Letter to Thomas Ritchie* (1827)
Martin Van Buren's Letter to Thomas Ritchie* (1827)
- Why was it important for Van Buren to reach out to influential newspaper editors to support Jackson's candidacy in 1828? Specifically, why was it important to reach out to those in the South?
- Why was Jackson's victory interpreted ...