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For more than 40 years 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 includes approximately 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official or other influential 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 a cumulative five-year index that directs them to related material in earlier volumes.

Topics and events covered in the 2012 volume include:

U.S. presidential election; Coup in Guinea-Bissau; The CDC on obesity in the U.S.; French and Egyptian presidential elections; Controversy over internet piracy bills in the U.S.; The future of Medicare; Presidential and congressional negotiations over the “fiscal cliff”; Charles Taylor found guilty of war crimes; Violence in Syria; Same sex marriage in the courts and on the ballot; Facebook goes public; U.S. states reach foreclosure settlement with major banks; The U.S. Supreme Court on health care and immigration

Wisconsin Governor Survives Recall Election: June 5, 2012
Wisconsin Governor Survives recall election: June 5, 2012

In February 2011, newly elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, proposed a budget repair bill intended to close a $137 million budget gap. The bill restricted the collective bargaining rights of the state's public employees, drawing thousands of union members and their supporters from across ...

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