HeinOnline is an online database containing more than 150 million pages and 160,000 titles of legal history and government documents. HeinOnline bridges the gap in historical research by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,400 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.
New Collection – The Pentagon Papers
The Pentagon Papers, officially titled United States-Vietnam Relations, 1945-1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense, were first released on the front page of the New York Times in 1971. These papers were released by Daniel Ellsberg, an American activist and former U.S. military analyst.
The Pentagon Papers consist of 47 volumes, approximately 4,000 pages of government documents and 3,000 pages of analysis on policy decisions concerning the U.S. government’s involvement in Vietnam. The papers revealed that the presidential administrations of Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson had misinformed the public of the degree of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. Therefore, the papers had a monumental effect on the relationship between the U.S. government and the American people.
Although the Pentagon Papers did not directly name President Richard M. Nixon, they did discredit his administration. Since Nixon was up for reelection in 1972, he chose to oppose the publication. Attorney General John M. Mitchell and President Nixon forced the New York Times to cease publication with a federal court injunction. The newspaper’s appeal sparked the case of New York Times Co. v. United States. Within fifteen days, the newspaper was free to publish further documents from the Pentagon Papers due to burden of proof.
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