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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.

Postmaster General Remarks on Service Changes and Backlash : August 18, August 21, and November 6, 2020
Postmaster General Remarks on Service Changes and Backlash
Heather Kerrigan

Amid an expected crush of mail-in ballots for the 2020 presidential election as voters opted to cast their votes from home rather than venturing out during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) accelerated the implementation of changes that slowed the mail system. The move faced quick backlash from Americans who were experiencing extended waits to get everything from regular mail to prescriptions to child support checks to ballots. Democrats accused President Donald Trump of pushing the USPS to implement the changes in an effort to suppress turnout of mail-in voters. In response, ...

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