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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.

Thomas Nast's Cartoons of William “Boss” Tweed* (1871)
Thomas Nast's cartoons of William “boss” tweed (1871)
  • Nast's cartoons publicized the corruption of Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall. How does the press today expose political corruption?
  • What role do political cartoons play in campaigns and elections?

Editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast drew for Harper's Weekly from ...

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