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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.

The Publicity Act of 1910* (1910)
The Publicity Act of 1910 (1910)
  • In principle, how does public disclosure of contributions improve campaigns and elections?
  • The Publicity Act's enforcement provisions were weak. Why might it have taken until the 1970s for Congress to reform campaign ...
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