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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 Farewell Address* (1796)
George Washington's farewell address (1796)
  • Proponents of political parties argue that parties have contributed to the overall stability and health of the U.S. government. Is this assessment correct? Why or why not?
  • How might politics in the United States be different if Washington's contemporaries had heeded his warning about ...
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