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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 Literary Digest Poll* (1936)
The literary digest poll (1936)
  • Why did the Literary Digest successfully predict the outcome of presidential elections from 1916 through 1932, but miss the winner of the 1936 election?
  • How is polling used in presidential elections today?

The 1936 presidential election inspired new methods of ...

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