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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 60 to 70 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. Organized chronologically, each volume covers the same wide range of topics: business, the economy and labor; energy, environment, science, technology, and transportation; government and politics; health and social services; international affairs; national security and terrorism; and rights and justice. 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.

COVID-19: White House Releases Reopening Guidelines; Health Experts Testify before Congress : April 16 and May 12, 2020
COVID-19: White House Releases Reopening Guidelines; Health Experts Testify before Congress
Heather Kerrigan

Reflecting the president’s desire to return the country to normal, on April 16, 2020, the White House released a set of guidelines for states to consider following as they reopen their states. The flexible, phased reopening plan met skepticism from public health experts concerned that it lacked specifics, especially as it pertained to testing, and could result in areas opening too fast before the virus was truly under control. In the months that followed, federal health officials testified before Congress on the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing the ...

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