October 16, 2007

Oct. 16, 2007 - This month in history, Cuban missile crisis

This Month In History-

The Cuban Missile Crisis started this month in 1962 and was one of the major confrontations of the Cold War. It was between the United States, the Soviet Union, and Cuba. It gripped the lives of citizens of the era and to this day it's effects can be seen in international trade, foreign policy, tourism, and social activism.

If you've ever been curious to learn more about it, you can view a government publication titled,

" CIA documents on the Cuban missile crisis, 1962 / Central Intelligence Agency ; editor, Mary S. McAuliffe. 1992"
You can view a copy at Wilson Library,

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or online at

August 15, 2007

The times they were a changin'.....

Some laws capture the feelings and attitudes of an entire decade. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is such a law. In the years before its passage, events such as Brown v. Board of Education, Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Little Rock Nine, the March on Washington (see photo), and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, all pointed to the need for legislative reform at the national level.

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Initially suggested by President John F. Kennedy in 1963 when he urged Americans to take action toward guaranteed equal treatment of all citizens, the act was signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964. It "prohibited discrimination in public places, provided for the integration of schools and other public facilities, and made employment discrimination illegal."

Extensive resources into the Civil Rights movement can be found at the Historical Publications of the United States Commission on Civil Rights site hosted by the University of Maryland Thurgood Marshall Law Library, and at the home page of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

March 8, 2007

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS)

Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) is the official record of the United States' foreign policy. The Department of State has published FRUS since 1861. FRUS can be found in the libraries for 1870-1931 and 1932-present. You can find online versions for 1861-1960 at University of Wisconsin Digital Collections and for 1952-present at the Department of State.