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Homeland Security: A Documentary History.

Homeland Security: A Documentary History by Bruce Maxwell Congressional Quarterly Press, October 2004 522 pp $99.00 [ISBN 1-5680-2884-9]

September 11 inarguably ushered in an era of a new brand of national threat, but the United States had been facing perils on its own soil almost concurrently with becoming a nation. Maxwell places both these threats and the responses to them into historical context in this book, a collection of 142 documents culled from over 1,000 sources including Presidential orders and directives, Supreme Court decisions, studies by governmental and nongovernmental groups and commissions, and transcripts of Congressional hearings. Through these documents, Maxwell traces the path of homeland security from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1789 to the Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States of 2004. Web site addresses are provided for items that can be accessed online, as well as an extensive bibliography. Maxwell has done much of the heavy lifting for homeland security researchers needing primary sources.
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