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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.

George Norris's “The Model Legislature” Address* (1934)
George Norris's “the model legislature” address (1934)
  • What are the benefits of having a nonpartisan state legislature? If a nonpartisan legislature is beneficial, why haven't additional states adopted it?
  • How might a nonpartisan legislature affect political parties in a state?

Nebraska's state legislature is unique for many ...

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