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In the Event of a Moon Disaster: “The Safire Memo”

To: H. R. Haldeman  From: Bill Safire  July 18, 1969.  IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER:   Fate has…
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The Sovereignty and Goodness of God

Source: Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God . . . (1682). We have…
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Personal Reactions During the War

Source: Jane Addams, “Personal Reactions During the War,” Peace and Bread in Time of War…
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Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort

Source: John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 12 September 1962, NARA,
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D-Day Dress, Platoon Leader

Source: illustration 20a from the 29th Infantry Combat Narrative by Lieutenant Jack Shea. DOD via…
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Special Address to the Nation on Syria

Source: Barack Obama, “Address to the Nation on Syria,” September 10, 2013 , White House…
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Boumediene v. Bush

Source: United States Reports. Volume 553, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…
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Memorandum on the President’s Constitutional Authority to Conduct Military Operations Against Terrorists and Nations Supporting Them

Source: Nathan A. Forrester, ed., Opinions of the Legal Counsel of the United States Department…
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Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Source: United States Reports. Volume 343, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…
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Special Message to the Congress Reporting on the Situation in Korea

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States. Harry S. Truman. Containing the…
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First Inaugural Address (1861)

Source:  Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address, Final Version, March 1861, Abraham Lincoln Papers (Series 1: General Correspondence, 1833 to 1916), Library…
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Proclamation on the Whiskey Rebellion

Source: President George Washington, Proclamation, 7 August 1794, Founders Online, National Archives, Proclamation Calling Out…
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The American Presidency

Woodrow Wilson was probably right when he said that it is easier to speak of…
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The Fugitive Slave Clause

Source: Gordon Lloyd ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…
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“United States Relations with the Soviet Union” (National Security Directive 23)

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 293 (November 7, 2009). Available at For…
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Address at Commencement Exercises at the University of Notre Dame

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Jimmy Carter, 1977, Book I…
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Telephone Conversation about Chile

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 255 (September 10, 2008). Available at [Rogers]:…
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Statement on the War in Vietnam

Source: Wisconsin Historical Society, Freedom Summer Collection, Lucile Montgomery Papers, 1963-1967, Historical Society Library Microforms…
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A Compromise Solution For South Vietnam

Source: Document 40, The Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, Vol. III, Vietnam, June-December…
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Special Message to the Congress on U.S. Policy in Southeast Asia

Sources: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-64, Book…
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Limited Test Ban Treaty

Source: United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, Vol. 14, part 2 (Washington, D.C.: U.S.…
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Minutes of the Meeting of the Special Group (Augmented) on Operation MONGOOSE

Document 24: Laurence Chang and Peter Kornbluh, eds., “The Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The Documents”…
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Soviet Reactions to Certain U.S. Courses of Action on Cuba

Source: Mary S. McAuliffe, ed., CIA Documents on the Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 (Washington, D.C.:…
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Statement on Cuba

Source: “United States Reaffirms Policy on Prevention of Aggressive Actions by Cuba,” Department of State…
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Report to President Kennedy on South Vietnam

Source: The Pentagon Papers as published by The New York Times (New York and Chicago:…
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Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Developments in Eastern Europe and the Middle East

Source: Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1956 (Washington,…
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National Security Council Directive, NSC 5412/2, Covert Operations

Source: National Security Council Directive, NSC 5412/2, December 28, 1955 [Document 250], The Foreign Relations…
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Organized Evacuation of Civilian Populations in Civil Defense

Source: Papers of Harry S. Truman, President’s Secretary’s Files, National Security Files, box 217, folder…
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Report to the American People on Korea

Source: Report to the American People on Korea, University of Virginia, Miller Center. April 11,…
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Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey (The Truman Doctrine)

Source: Address of the President of the United States, Recommendation for Assistance to Greece and…
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Report on the Nuremberg Trials

Source: Report of Robert H. Jackson, United States Representative to the International Conference on Military…
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The Effects of Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Source: Chapter IV: “Signposts,” United States Strategic Bombing Survey (Government Printing Office: Washington, D.C., 1946),…
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Press Release Alerting the Nation About the Atomic Bomb

Source: Press Release by the White House, August 6, 1945 (Ayers Papers, U. S. Army…
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Potsdam Declaration

Source: Proclamation Defining Terms for Japanese Surrender, Issued, at Potsdam, July 26, 1945 (Birth of…
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Korematsu v. US

Source: 323 U.S. 214 (1944). Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School. Mr. Justice Black1 delivered…
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Radio Address Upon Returning to the Philippines

Source: AmericanVoices, Vincent Voice Library, MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences,…
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Manzanar: Excerpt from Born Free and Equal

Source: Ansel Adams, Born Free and Equal: The Story of Loyal Japanese-Americans (NY: U.S. Camera,…
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Timeline of the American Founding

This timeline covers the period of from the end of the French and Indian War…
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Stopping the Holocaust

Source: Letter from Assistant Secretary of War John McCloy to World Jewish Congress Rescue Department…
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D-Day Statement to the Allied Expeditionary Force

Sources: Dwight D. Eisenhower, “D-day statement to soldiers, sailors, and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary…
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Letters to Yank Magazine

Source: Rupert Trimmingham, letters to the editor, Yank, April 28, 1944 and July 28, 1944.…
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“The Death of Captain Waskow”

Source: Ernie’s War: The Best of Ernie Pyle’s World War II Dispatches, edited by David…
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Questions and Answers About the WAAC

Source: United States Army Women’s Auxiliary Corps, “73 Questions and Answers About the WAAC,” World…
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Executive Order No. 9346: Establishing a Committee on Fair Employment Practice

Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt, “Executive Order 9346 Establishing a Committee on Fair Employment Practice,” May…
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“Why Should We March?”

Source: A. Philip Randolph, “Why Should We March?” Survey Graphic 31 (November 1942), pp 488-89.…
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Pacific War Diary

Source: Excerpts from Pacific War Diary, 1942–1945 by James J. Fahey (New York: Houghton Mifflin,…
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Executive Order No. 9066 – Resulting in the Relocation of Japanese

Source: 100 Milestone Documents, an online library compiled by the “Our Documents” Initiative, a cooperative…
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Japanese American Evacuation

[caption id="attachment_24733" align="aligncenter" width="791"] Page 1 of “Instructions to Persons of Japanese Ancestry, Presidio of…
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Reacting to Pearl Harbor

Source: Claude R. Wickard Papers, Department of Agriculture Files: Cabinet Meetings, 1941-1942 (Box 13). At…
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“Repeal of Neutrality Act Means War”

Source: Senator Robert A. Taft (OH), “Repeal of Neutrality Act Means War,” Congressional Record, part…
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