Secrets of the Serial Set


Secrets of the Serial Set



The Clinton-Lewinsky scandal. The overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. The Louisiana Purchase. 

These are just a few of the gems to be found in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set, a must-have publication for studying American history. With more than two centuries of documents spanning more than 17,000 volumes, no other publication so beautifully reflects the maturation of the United States as a nation.

The Serial Set is an indispensable resource for any history lover. To prove it, we’ve created Secrets of the Serial Set, a fascinating blog series dedicated to revealing the historic material hidden throughout the immense publication. Each month, join HeinOnline as we explore notable events in U.S. history using the primary sources themselves.

Miss a post? Browse the secrets we’ve revealed so far below.

Previous Installments in the Series


The Assassination of John F. Kennedy


November 2019

The events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Featuring the arrest of Lee Harvey Oswald, the Warren Commission, the HSCA, and the JFK Act of 1992. 


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The Impeachment of Bill Clinton


October 2019

The details of the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Featuring Clinton v. Jones, the Lewinsky affair, the Starr investigation, and the Senate trial.


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The Pacific Theater of WWII


September 2019

The events of the Pacific-Asian Theater of World War II. Featuring the invasion of Manchuria, Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and Japan’s ultimate surrender.


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Constructing the Panama Canal


August 2019

One of the most challenging engineering projects ever undertaken. Featuring the Panama Railroad, the French Panama Canal Project, and the U.S. Panama Canal project.


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The Annexation of Hawaii


July 2019

The controversial annexation of Hawaii to the United States. Featuring the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani, the Blount and Morgan reports, the Newlands Resolution, and the Hawaii Admission Act.


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The Trial of Susan B. Anthony


June 2019

The life, work, arrest, and trial of Susan B. Anthony. Featuring her work in women’s suffrage, the United States v. Susan B. Anthony trial, Anthony’s famous speech, and her petition to Congress.


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The Lewis and Clark Expedition


May 2019

The trials and successes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Featuring Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, Sacagawea, and the journals and records of Lewis and Clark themselves.


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