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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.

Woodrow Wilson's “Wanted—A Party”* (1886)
Woodrow Wilson's “wanted—A party” (1886)
  • What reasons did Wilson provide for suggesting that political parties were in a state of disintegration?
  • What did Wilson suggest parties do to become stronger?

Woodrow Wilson's path to the presidency was very different than that of his contemporaries. Instead of ...

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