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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 Washington's Letter to Thomas Jefferson* (1792): Jefferson's Response to Washington** (1792)
George Washington's letter to Thomas Jefferson (1792): Jefferson's response to Washington (1792)
  • Was Washington's request for Hamilton and Jefferson to put aside their differences in the best interest of the country? Would the absence of political partisanship have fostered better government ...
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