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Published annually since 1972, the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the World. Each volume pairs original background narratives with well over 100 documents to chronicle the major events of the year, from official reports and surveys to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more. Historic Documents is renowned for the well-written and informative background, history, and context it provides for each document. Each volume begins with an insightful essay that sets the year’s events in context, and each document or group of documents is preceded by a comprehensive introduction that provides background information on the event. Full-source citations are provided. Readers have easy access to material through a detailed, thematic table of contents, and each event includes references to related coverage and documents from the last ten editions of the series. Events covered in the 2018 Edition include:  • Historic U.S. and South Korean diplomatic advances with North Korea  • Investigation of Russian influence in U.S. elections  • Chinese constitutional changes granting presidential terms for life  • March for Our Lives and gun control demonstrations  • Changes to U.S. immigration and trade policies  • Legalization of marijuana in Canada  • Resignation of Australian prime minister  • Pope declares death penalty inadmissible Volumes in this series dating back to 1972 are available as online editions on SAGE Knowledge.

State of the Union Address and Democratic Response : January 30, 2018
State of the Union Address and Democratic Response
Heather Kerrigan

On January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump delivered the first State of the Union address of his presidency. The White House promised that the president would seek to strike a bipartisan tone, looking to bring together a nation deeply divided since the 2016 election. At the time of his speech, the Trump administration was facing record-low approval ratings and was subject to a federal investigation into alleged interactions between his campaign and the Russian government. But the administration was also celebrating its recent legislative victory, a tax cut bill that the president said would provide significant relief to middle-class Americans. ...

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