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…

The Sovereignty and Goodness of God

Source: Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God . . . (1682). We have…

Personal Reactions During the War

Source: Jane Addams, “Personal Reactions During the War,” Peace and Bread in Time of War…

Address at Rice University on the Nation’s Space Effort

Source: John F. Kennedy, Address at Rice University, Houston, Texas, 12 September 1962, NARA, JFKPOF-040-001. We meet at…

D-Day Dress, Platoon Leader

Source: illustration 20a from the 29th Infantry Combat Narrative by Lieutenant Jack Shea. DOD via…

Special Address to the Nation on Syria

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

Boumediene v. Bush

Source: United States Reports. Volume 553, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

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…

Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer

Source: United States Reports. Volume 343, Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court at October Term,…

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…

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…

Proclamation on the Whiskey Rebellion

Source: President George Washington, Proclamation, 7 August 1794, Founders Online, National Archives, https://goo.gl/yu6KcC. Proclamation Calling…

The American Presidency

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

The Fugitive Slave Clause

Source: Gordon Lloyd ed., Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 by James Madison, a…

“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 https://goo.gl/PNLfRA.…

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…

Telephone Conversation about Chile

Source: National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book no. 255 (September 10, 2008). Available at https://goo.gl/Bfwimb.…

Statement on the War in Vietnam

Source: Wisconsin Historical Society, Freedom Summer Collection, Lucile Montgomery Papers, 1963-1967, Historical Society Library Microforms…

A Compromise Solution For South Vietnam

Source: Document 40, The Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, Vol. III, Vietnam, June-December…

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…

Limited Test Ban Treaty

Source: United States Treaties and Other International Agreements, Vol. 14, part 2 (Washington, D.C.: U.S.…

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”…

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.:…

Statement on Cuba

Source: “United States Reaffirms Policy on Prevention of Aggressive Actions by Cuba,” Department of State…

Report to President Kennedy on South Vietnam

Source: The Pentagon Papers as published by The New York Times (New York and Chicago:…

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,…

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…

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…

Report to the American People on Korea

Source: Report to the American People on Korea, University of Virginia, Miller Center. April 11,…

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…

Report on the Nuremberg Trials

Source: Report of Robert H. Jackson, United States Representative to the International Conference on Military…

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),…

Press Release Alerting the Nation About the Atomic Bomb

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

Potsdam Declaration

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

Korematsu v. US

Source: 323 U.S. 214 (1944). Legal Information Institute, Cornell Law School. https://goo.gl/eMj7eS Mr. Justice Black1…

Radio Address Upon Returning to the Philippines

Source: AmericanVoices, Vincent Voice Library, MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences,…

Manzanar: Excerpt from Born Free and Equal

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

Timeline of the American Founding

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

Stopping the Holocaust

Source: Letter from Assistant Secretary of War John McCloy to World Jewish Congress Rescue Department…

D-Day Statement to the Allied Expeditionary Force

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

Letters to Yank Magazine

Source: Rupert Trimmingham, letters to the editor, Yank, April 28, 1944 and July 28, 1944.…

“The Death of Captain Waskow”

Source: Ernie’s War: The Best of Ernie Pyle’s World War II Dispatches, edited by David…

Questions and Answers About the WAAC

Source: United States Army Women’s Auxiliary Corps, “73 Questions and Answers About the WAAC,” World…

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…

“Why Should We March?”

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

Pacific War Diary

Source: Excerpts from Pacific War Diary, 1942–1945 by James J. Fahey (New York: Houghton Mifflin,…

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…

Japanese American Evacuation

Reacting to Pearl Harbor

Source: Claude R. Wickard Papers, Department of Agriculture Files: Cabinet Meetings, 1941-1942 (Box 13). https://goo.gl/EirzuB…

“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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