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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.

Alexander Hamilton's Letter to Edward Carrington* (1792)
Alexander Hamilton's letter to Edward Carrington (1792)
  • How did the decision of Jefferson to recruit Philip Freneau to work in the State Department institutionalize the partisan press in the United States? What impact did this have on political parties?
  • Did Hamilton's interpretation of Jefferson's and Madison's ...
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