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Virginia Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Virginia Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Virginia-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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Vermont Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Vermont Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Vermont-specific resources in one place, links to key online informat...

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The Virginia Plan

The Virginia Plan was a proposal of changes to the Articles of Confederation introduced by Virginia delegates at a 1787 meetin

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Utah Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Utah Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Utah-specific resources in one place, links to key online information ab...

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United States v. Nixon

The facts of this case are rooted in the Watergate scandal during the 1972 presidential campaign between then-President Richard Nixon and Democrat Geo...

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Texas v. Johnson

The facts of this case come from an incident during the Republican National Convention in 1984 when Gregory Lee Johnson, after a march through the str...

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Soujourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?"

Sojourner Truth delivered her Aint I a Woman? speech in 1851 at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio.

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Harry S. Truman's "The Truman Doctrine"

On March 12, 1947, President Harry S.

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Treaty of Paris

The Treaty of Paris formally ended the American Revolutionary War between Great Britain and the United States and recognized the independence of Brita...

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Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo between the United States and Mexico, signed on February 2, 1848, officially ended the Mexican-American War.

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Tonkin Gulf Resolution

Passed by both houses of Congress on August 7, 1964, this resolution authorized increased military action in Vietnam.

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Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933

In Franklin Roosevelts 1932 presidential nomination acceptance speech he said: "I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people" ...

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Texas Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Texas Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Texas-specific resources in one place, links to key online information ...

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Tennessee Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Tennessee Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Tennessee-specific resources in one place, links to key online info...

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Surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant in the Village of Appomattox Court House...

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Telegram Announcing the Surrender of Fort Sumter

The telegram announcing the surrender of Fort Sumter, located in the Charleston, South Carolina harbor, let the world know that the American Civil War...

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Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey v. United States

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th, John D.

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Social Security Act Amendments of 1965

The Social Security Act of 1965 established Medicare and Medicaid in the United States.

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Social Security Act 1935

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act on August 14, 1935 in the midst of the Great Depression.

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Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad

This case is a relatively uninteresting tax case, known for neither its facts nor its holding. What makes the case significant is an offhand remark f...

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South Dakota Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's South Dakota Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's South Dakota-specific resources in one place, links to key onlin...

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South Carolina Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's South Carolina Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's South Carolina-specific resources in one place, links to key o...

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Margaret Chase Smith's "Declaration of Conscience"

Senator Margaret Chase Smith gave her Declaration of Conscience speech before the U.S. Senate on June 1, 1950, four months after Senator Joseph R.

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Sherman Antitrust Act

The Sherman Antitrust Act -- passed in 1890 -- was the first federal antitrust law and is the source of all American antimonopoly laws.

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Shelley v. Kraemer

This case began when a black family named Shelley purchased a house in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Schecter Poultry Corp. v. United States

As the Great Depression ravaged the nation, President Franklin D.

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Theodore Roosevelt's "The Man with the Muck-Rake"

The early 1900s marked the rise of investigative journalism. Articles exposing corruption and greed in government and business were popular with the A...

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Roe v. Wade

One of the most controversial decisions in the Courts history, Roe v. Wade established a womans constitutional right to terminate her pregnancy, at le...

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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)

Passed in 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a federal law designed to combat organized crime in the United States...

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Rhode Island Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Rhode Island Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Rhode Island-specific resources in one place, links to key onlin...

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Robert F. Kennedy's "On The Death of Martin Luther King, Jr."

On April 4, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was seeking the 1968 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Reynolds v. Sims

At issue in this case was the state of Alabamas method for apportioning voting districts.

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Reno v. ACLU

In 1996, the Internet was in its infancy.

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Regents of the University of California v. Bakke

Allan Bakke was a white applicant to the medical school at the University of California at Davis.

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Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall"

President Ronald Reagan, known as The Great Communicator, gave one of his most memorable speeches on June 12, 1987 at a ceremony commemorating the 750...

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National Prohibition Act of 1919 (Volstead Act)

At the turn of the 20th century, the temperance movement sought governmental control over intoxicating beverages.

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Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey

In the 1980s, the Pennsylvania legislature sought to limit abortions by imposing a number of requirements on women seeking abortions.

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Pennsylvania Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Pennsylvania Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Pennsylvania-specific resources in one place, links to key onlin...

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Executive Order 10924 (Peace Corps)

On March 1, 1961, within two months of taking office, President John F.

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Patrick Henry's "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death"

Give me liberty, or give me death! were the final fiery words spoken by Patrick Henry in a speech before the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775 at ...

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Pacific Railway Act of 1862

The Pacific Railway Act -- signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862 -- provided Federal support for the building of the first transcontinental rail...

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Occupational Safety and Health Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in 1970, is the primary federal law establishing healt...

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Oregon Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Oregon Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Oregon-specific resources in one place, links to key online informatio...

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Oklahoma Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Oklahoma Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Oklahoma-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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Ohio Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Ohio Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Ohio-specific resources in one place, links to key online information ab...

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Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union"

On March 18, 2008, Barack Obama, seeking the 2008 Democratic Partys presidential nomination, spoke to supporters at the National Constitution Center i...

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New York Times v. Sullivan

One of the most important freedom of press decisions in the Courts history, the case began when the New York Times ran an advertisement that contained...

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Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

In Moscow on August 5, 1963, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty was signed by representatives of the three major nuclear powers -- the United States, Great B...

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North Dakota Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's North Dakota Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's North Dakota-specific resources in one place, links to key onlin...

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North Carolina Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's North Carolina Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's North Carolina-specific resources in one place, links to key o...

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National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) -- also known as the Wagner Act, after its sponsor, Senator Robert F. Wagner -- was signed by President Frankl...

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Richard Nixon's "The Great Silent Majority"

On November 3, 1969, President Richard Nixon gave a televised address to the nation on his Vietnam War policy.

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Richard Nixon's "Checkers"

Richard Nixon gave what was popularly known as his Checkers speech on September 23, 1952 in response to a scandal that threatened his rapidly rising p...

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New York Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's New York Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's New York-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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New Mexico Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's New Mexico Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's New Mexico-specific resources in one place, links to key online in...

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New Jersey Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's New Jersey Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's New Jersey-specific resources in one place, links to key online in...

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New Hampshire Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's New Hampshire Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's New Hampshire-specific resources in one place, links to key onl...

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Nevada Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Nevada Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Nevada-specific resources in one place, links to key online informatio...

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Nebraska Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Nebraska Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Nebraska-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862

The Morrill Act, also known as the Land Grant College Act, was a major boost to higher education in the United States.

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Montana Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Montana Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Montana-specific resources in one place, links to key online informat...

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James Monroe's "Monroe Doctrine Address"

President James Monroe first introduced the Monroe Doctrine in his seventh annual State of the Union Address to Congress on December 2, 1823.

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Missouri Compromise of 1820

The Missouri Compromise drew an imaginary line across portions of the Louisiana Territory (purchased from France in 1803) and prohibited slavery north...

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Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream"

Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his iconic I Have a Dream speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the civil rights March on Washington ...

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Missouri Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Missouri Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Missouri-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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Mississippi Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Mississippi Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Mississippi-specific resources in one place, links to key online ...

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Miranda v. Arizona

If there is a rock star of Supreme Court cases, this is it. Possibly the most famous in the Courts history, Miranda v.

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Minnesota Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Minnesota Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Minnesota-specific resources in one place, links to key online info...

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Michigan Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Michigan Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Michigan-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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McCulloch v. Maryland

At issue in this case was whether the federal government had the power to establish a national bank and whether the state of Maryland could tax that b...

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The Mayflower Compact

The Mayflower Compact was signed November 11, 1620 aboard the Mayflower at Provincetown Harbor in what is now Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Massachusetts Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Massachusetts-specific resources in one place, links to key onl...

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Maryland Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Maryland Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Maryland-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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George C. Marshall's "The Marshall Plan"

At the end of World War II, most of Europe was devastated.

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Economic Cooperation Act (Marshall Plan)

On April 3, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed the Economic Cooperation Act, more commonly known as the Marshall Plan. As described by the plans o...

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Marbury v. Madison

Prior to Marbury v. Madison, it was unclear whether the U.S.

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Mapp v. Ohio

This case began when seven police officers broke into the Cleveland home of Dollree Mapp, supposedly to look for a bombing suspect and gambling paraph...

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Massachusetts Body of Liberties

The Massachusetts Body of Liberties, adopted by the Massachusetts General Court in 1641, is Americas first legal code.

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Malcolm X's "The Ballot or the Bullet"

Malcolm X gave his The Ballot or the Bullet speech on April 3, 1964 at a meeting sponsored by the Cleveland, Ohio, chapter of the Congress of Racial E...

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Douglas MacArthur's "Old Soldiers Never Die"

General Douglas MacArthur gave his farewell address before a joint session of Congress on April 19, 1951 at the end of his 52 years of military servic...

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Maine Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Maine Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Maine-specific resources in one place, links to key online information ...

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Loving v. Virginia

In 1958, Richard Loving, a white man, married Mildred Jeter, a black woman, in the District of Columbia.

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Huey Long's "Every Man a King"

Louisiana Senator Huey Long broadcast his Every Man a King speech over the NBC radio network on February 23, 1934, during the time of the Great Depres...

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Lochner v. New York

The turn of the 20th century saw state legislatures trying to better the lives of workers through progressive laws regulating working conditions.

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Abraham Lincoln's "A House Divided"

Lincoln delivered his famous A House Divided speech on June 16, 1858 at the Republican Convention in Springfield, Illinois to kick off what would turn...

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Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"

President Abraham Lincolns Gettysburg Address was given on November 19, 1863 during the dedication ceremony of the Soldiers National Cemetery in Getty...

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Abraham Lincoln's "Second Inaugural Address"

President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address from the East Portico of the Capitol on March 4, 1865, just weeks before the end of t...

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Lemon v. Kurtzman

The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment prohibits states from establishing a religion -- but what exactly does that mean? The Court attempted ...

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The Lee Resolution

The Lee Resolution, adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, formally declared the independence of Great Britains North American co...

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Lyndon B. Johnson's "We Shall Overcome"

On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B.

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Lawrence v. Texas

The facts underlying this case took place when police were called to John Lawrences apartment complex on an alleged weapons disturbance.

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Louisiana Purchase Treaty

The Louisiana Purchase Treaty transferred ownership of Frances territory of Louisiana to the United States.

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Lanham (Trademark) Act

The Lanham Act (also known as the Trademark Act of 1946) is the federal statute that governs trademarks, service marks, and unfair competition.

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Robert La Follette's "Free Speech in Wartime"

Robert La Follette delivered his famous Free Speech in Wartime oration on October 6, 1917.

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Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

This Act created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska in order to facilitate the development of a transcontinental railroad.

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Korematsu v. United States

Fred Korematsu was an American citizen who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. In May 1942, the federal government began interning Japanese Americ...

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Kentucky Laws and Legal Information

Welcome to Nolo's Kentucky Laws and Legal Information collection -- all of Nolo's Kentucky-specific resources in one place, links to key online inform...

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Barbara Jordan's "Statement on the Articles of Impeachment"

On July 25, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee met to consider the articles of impeachment against President Richard M.

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John F. Kennedy's "Inaugural Address"

Ask not what your country can do for youask what you can do for your country. John F.

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John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner"

On June 26, 1963, President John F.

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