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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 First Kennedy-Nixon Debate* (1960)
The first Kennedy-Nixon debate (1960)
  • How important are debates to winning presidential elections? Specifically, what strategies did future presidential nominees learn from the Kennedy-Nixon debates?
  • How do presidential debates differ today from Kennedy and Nixon's first televised debate? In what ways are they similar?

In the 1960 presidential election Democratic ...

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