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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: Supreme Court Rules on New York Restrictions for Religious Services : November 25, 2020
COVID-19: Supreme Court Rules on New York Restrictions for Religious Services
Melissa Feinberg

In November 2020, a second wave of COVID-19 was surging across the country and, in New York, the average number of confirmed cases per day had risen from seven hundred at the end of the summer to over forty-eight hundred. In an effort to curb the rising infections, New York governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order that placed severe restrictions on attendance at religious organizations that were in “hot spots” for COVID-19. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and two Orthodox Jewish synagogues appealed to the courts, arguing that the public health ...

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