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 18: John McPherson's Speech Opposing the Pendleton Act* (1882)
John McPherson's Speech Opposing the Pendleton Act* (1882)
- What was the effect of the civil service system on political parties? Were parties stronger under a patronage system?
- Assuming that public accountability is an important value, does a patronage-based bureaucracy or a merit-based bureaucracy best serve ...