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Documents in the News 

The fifth and final volume of the Report of the Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, on Russian Active measures, Campaigns and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election was issued on Aug. 18th.  From the press release of Vice Chair Sen. Warner:

    “At nearly 1,000 pages, Volume 5 stands as the most comprehensive examination of ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign to date – a breathtaking level of contacts between Trump officials and Russian government operatives that is a very real counterintelligence threat to our elections. I encourage all Americans to carefully review the documented evidence of the unprecedented and massive intervention campaign waged on behalf of then-candidate Donald Trump by Russians and their operatives and to reach their own independent conclusions. "

See: Volume 5: Counterintelligence Threats and Vulnerabilities for the full-text of the document.


MILESTONES IN HISTORY -- The month of August has several important dates upon which to reflect:  

In early August of 1945, seventy-five years ago, the United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima (Aug. 6th) and Nagasaki (Aug. 9th) in hopes of ending the war with Japan.  These two bombings killed between 129,000 and 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians.  To date, this remains the only use of nuclear weapons in armed conflict.  To see some government information on this topic, see our revised bibliography from a 2015 display on the Manhattan Project and the Atomic Bomb, August 1945.   On a related topics, see also Nuclear War: Thinking the Unthinkable and the 1987 INF Treaty.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the the ratification of the 19th amendment that guarantees all American women the right to vote.  Passed by Congress on June 4, 1919, it still needed 36 states to ratify it before it became law.  Over the next year, states all across the country voted for and against the amendment.  It all came down to the final state to vote on the amendment and one tie-breaking vote, before the efforts of women suffrage movement came to fruition.  Finally, on August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the amendment, making women’s suffrage legal in the United States.  For readings and web resources on the subject, see our bibliography on the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: The 100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote.    Or check out a new website from the Memphis Public Libraries called Votes for Women: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment in honor of Tennessee's role in the adoption of the amendment


The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person.  It was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China late in 2019.  It has since spread to almost every continent in the world.  Some quick information about this disease can be found at the CDC website:

For additional resources on infectious diseases, consult our LibGuide -- Gov Docs: Infectious Diseases 



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