For more than 40 years the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting full primary documents and 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.

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Response to the Boston Marathon Attack: April 18 and April 22, 2013

Response to the Boston Marathon Attack: April 18 and April 22, 2013

Response to the Boston Marathon attack: April 18 and April 22, 2013

On April 15, 2013, as the final groups of runners were crossing the finish line in the iconic Boston Marathon, two bombs exploded in rapid succession, sending shrapnel flying and setting off a mass panic. Runners and spectators scattered, while first responders rushed to help those who had lost limbs or were suffering severe blood loss. Three people, including an eight-year-old boy, were killed in the attack. The manhunt for those responsible ended four days later in a bloody shootout. One of the two suspects was taken into custody and charged with use of a weapon of mass destruction. The other suspect ...

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