Defining Documents in American History: Political Campaigns, Candidates, and Debates (1787-2017)

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2 Volumes
800 Pages
80 Essays
80 Primary Source Documents
Time Line
General Bibliography & Subject Index
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ISBN: 978-1-68217-700-6
# of Pages: 800
# of Volumes: 2
Print List Price: $295

Defining Documents in American History:
Political Campaigns, Candidates, and Debates (1787-2017)

This 2-volume set offers documents and commentary that showcase the American political process. Candidates, issues, and campaign styles have changed dramatically over time, from the front porch approach of the presidential campaigns of the 1800s to the social media campaigns of today. Political debates aren't limited simple to presidential campaigns, and this work examines how this American institution has shaped the government and its policies on personal, local, state, and national levels. Thought provoking coverage includes:

  • Federalist Papers by John Jay (1787)
  • Abraham Lincoln "House Divided" Speech (1858)
  • William Jennings Bryan: "Cross of Gold" Speech (1896)
  • FDR Campaign Address at Maddison Square Garden (1936)
  • Robert F. Kennedy: Remarks on the Death of Martin Luther King Jr. (1968)
  • Al Gore: Concession Speech (2000)
  • Hillary Clinton Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention (2016)
  • Donald Trump Acceptance Speech at the Republican National Convention (2016)

The 80 documents are organized into major categories that include: Politics and War; Politics and Social Issues; Politics and the Economy; Politics and Education; and Political Debate. The Document chapters include the primary source document, often reproduced in its entirety, the Summary Overview, Defining Moment, Author Biography, Document Analysis, and Essential Themes.