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.
Thomas Jefferson's Letter to Philip Mazzei* (1796): George Washington's Letter to Jefferson** (1796)
- How did Jefferson's private criticism of Washington and the Federalist Party reinforce developing partisan preferences? How is this similar to partisan politics today?
- Washington chose not to respond to the publication ...