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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.

President Trump Vetoes the National Defense Authorization Act : December 23 and December 28, 2020, and January 1, 2021
President Trump Vetoes the National Defense Authorization Act
Linda Grimm

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (NDAA) became an unexpected battleground between Congress and President Donald Trump in the summer of 2020. Trump objected to several of the bill’s provisions, including measures limiting his ability to withdraw U.S. troops from overseas engagements and a requirement that military installations honoring Confederate leaders and other controversial figures be renamed. The president followed through on his promise to veto the bill if these provisions were not removed, sending it back to the House of Representatives in late December. However, both the House ...

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