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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.

Justice Department Issues Opinion on Equal Rights Amendment; Virginia Ratifies the ERA : January 6, January 15, and February 13, 2020
Justice Department Issues Opinion on Equal Rights Amendment; Virginia Ratifies the ERA
Heather Kerrigan

On January 15, 2020, Virginia became the thirty-eighth state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Although the vote technically provided enough state support to add the amendment to the Constitution, its future remains uncertain, in part because of a Justice Department advisory opinion released ahead of the vote. In it, the department expressed its belief that the ERA was no longer a valid pending amendment because a 1982 ratification deadline set by Congress had already passed. Various lawsuits were filed asking the courts to weigh ...

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