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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: Trump Contracts Virus; Congress Debates and Passes Relief Bill : October 2, October 6, and December 27, 2020
COVID-19: Trump Contracts Virus; Congress Debates and Passes Relief Bill
Heather Kerrigan

On October 2, 2020, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. After his recovery, which required a brief hospital stay, the president continued to downplay the severity of the virus, despite new spikes in cases across the country. At the time the president was diagnosed, Congress was deadlocked in a debate over a new coronavirus relief package. Democrats and Republicans remained far apart throughout the fall on key issues, such as how much to provide in direct stimulus payments ...

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