Historic Documents of 1972


Edited by: CQ Press

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    With the publication of this volume, Congressional Quarterly Service and Editorial Research Reports embark on a new annual exercise of presenting public affairs in concise, factual form. Historic Documents is intended to provide students, scholars, librarians, journalists and citizens with convenient access to the raw materials of contemporary history.

    From hundreds of speeches, government reports, treaties, court decisions, presidential statements, and special studies we have isolated the 100 or so that may qualify for the appellation of "historic documents." The year 1972 was a fortuitous one editorially, yielding as it did the rich harvest of materials provided by a presidential election year and watershed developments in foreign affairs.

    To put these documents in perspective, we have written an introduction to each entry. As a rule, it discusses the problem that led up to issuance of the document and, where possible, the later reactions. This editorial input should prove especially useful in future years when the events are less fresh in public memory and the documents become hard to find or unobtainable.

    Outsized reports or studies were, of necessity, excerpted. We have tried to set forth the essentials and, at the same time, preserve the flavor of the materials. This delicate task was inescapable if we were to present the key documents of 1972 in one volume.

    The talents of many dedicated people went into the preparation of the book. Special acknowledgment should go to the CQ staffers directly involved in the selection of documents and writing of introductory paragraphs: Jackie Westcott, Leo Adde, James Blum, Margaret Thompson and Diantha Johnson.

    Buel Patch served as copy editor and coordinator of the project. William Gerber prepared the index. Richard Young selected type faces and handled production assignments. Howard Chapman designed the cover. Edna Frazier located and obtained the necessary documents. If this team effort has met its goal, our news research services have started a standard reference tool that annually will aid those who seek to understand fully the complex and fast-moving world of current events.

    William B. Dickinson, Jr., Editor, Washington, D.C. January 1973

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