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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.

John Beckley's Letters to William Irvine* (1796)
John Beckley's letters to William Irvine (1796)
  • How were the campaign techniques developed by Beckley and his Republican contemporaries innovative? How did they compensate for the Federalist Party's advantage of controlling a larger newspaper network?
  • How was negative advertising in the campaigns of Adams ...
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