Secrets

of the Serial Set

A HISTORICAL BLOG SERIES

The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal. The Manhattan Project. 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.

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Secrets of the Serial Set: Operation Iraqi Freedom

In this Secrets of the Serial Set edition, we will examine Operation Iraqi Freedom, which was the military response that derived from 9/11 and also from decades of tension between the United States and Saddam Hussein’s regime.

map of United States territorial acquisitions

Secrets of the Serial Set: Aaron Burr’s Conspiracy

With former president Donald Trump currently under investigation for treason, you might wonder if a major American politician has ever been suspected of conspiring against the United States before. Well, it isn’t exactly unprecedented.

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Secrets of the Serial Set: The Wounded Knee Massacre

It’s no secret that American history is full of heinous acts committed by white settlers against the indigenous peoples of North America. One such example is the Wounded Knee Massacre, the gunning down of more than 150 indigenous peoples of the Lakota tribe, including women and children.

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Secrets of the Serial Set: The Lavender Scare

In honor of Pride Month, as well as the release of our new LGBTQ+ Rights database, this month’s Secrets of the Serial Set post will dive into the Lavender Scare of the 1950s, when the government sought to purge gay civil servants from government.

The statue commemorating the site of the Lincoln - Douglas debate in the Washington Park Historic District of Ottawa, Illinois

Secrets of the Serial Set: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates

With the issue of slavery at the forefront, the Lincoln-Douglas debates were the first political debates to receive nationwide attention, becoming public attractions that drew crowds of thousands of people and shaped politics for decades to come.

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Secrets of the Serial Set: The Stock Market Crash of 1929

On September 3, 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at an all-time high of 381.17. Americans were living large. However, less than two months later, all of this would come to a screeching half with the Stock Market Crash of 1929.

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Secrets of the Serial Set: The History Behind NATO

Even though all-out war was officially over, the world was anything at peace in the aftermath of World War II. The United States feared the spread of communism in a weakened Europe. The tensions culminated in the signing of the North Atlantic Treaty.

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Secrets of the Serial Set: The AIDS Epidemic

As we enter year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re utilizing this month’s Secrets of the Serial Set post to delve into the history of another disease that created an epidemic during the 1980s – AIDS, or autoimmune deficiency syndrome.