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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.

Bush v. Gore* (2000)
Bush v. Gore (2000)
  • Under what circumstances, if any, is it appropriate to use exit polls to declare the winner of an election before all the votes are tallied?
  • When an election is very close and a recount is mandated by law, how long should election officials be permitted to ...
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