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Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and Hispanic Heritage Month

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we remember Americans of Hispanic heritage who have positively shaped the society of the United States. Dolores Huerta is definitely a highlight on that list—and hers is a name prominent on lists of civil rights, women’s rights, immigration rights, and labor rights activists as well. If you listen to Ms. Huerta […]

District Court finds the Shipwreck Discovered off the Coast of Florida is la Trinité from the Lost French Colony of Fort Caroline

This post is coauthored by Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. We previously brought you a post on the discovery of a shipwreck off the coast of Cape Canaveral, Florida that was thought to be related to the lost French colony of Fort Caroline. Fort Caroline represented the first attempt by […]

Hurricane Maria and Its Lessons on Preservation

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico in the most catastrophic storm of island’s history since the Okeechobee Hurricane in 1928. The Category 4 storm entered through Yabucoa at 6:15 a.m., leaving behind massive destruction. Most of the island’s population was left without power, physical structures collapsed, and the people of Puerto Rico were devastated. […]

Try the New Experimental Congress.gov Chrome Browser Extension

Have you ever found yourself reading a news story about legislation, and wished that you could quickly discover the primary source that the article discusses? With that use case in mind, we are excited to bring you an experimental, open source Google Chrome browser extension that will provide you with enhanced access to Congress.gov from third-party webpages, […]

Women, Baseball and the Law

The Library of Congress’s Baseball Americana exhibit gives me something new to think about each time I visit. Most intriguing to me (well, right up there with any mentions of Pittsburgh, the Washington Nationals, Bob Dylan, and my friend Patti’s portrait) are the numerous times women are depicted in the exhibit. Two things stand out from […]

18th Annual National Book Festival Recap

The Law Library had a dynamic presence at the 18th annual National Book Festival. We had 11 staff members volunteer at the festival from our Global Legal Collection Directorate, Public Services Division, Office of Administrative Operations, and Office of External Relations as well as Maria Soto, a new member of the ABA Standing Committee on the […]

The Murder of Penowanyanquis and the Trial of Arthur Peach, Plymouth, 1638

One of the most vivid criminal trials of seventeenth-century American history celebrated its 380th anniversary a few days ago on Sept. 4. On that day, in 1638, authorities in Plymouth Colony tried Arthur Peach, along with three codefendants, for the murder of a Nipmuc man called Penowanyanquis. The court found the men guilty and sentenced […]

Judicial Combat – Barbarous Relic or Timeless Litigation Strategy?

This post is coauthored by Nathan Dorn, rare book curator, and Robert Brammer, senior legal information specialist. You are sure to hear “Objection!” shouted in the context of any legal drama. But what are they objecting to, and more importantly, on what basis? In modern jurisprudence, the rules of evidence are paramount to trying a case. Deciding whether evidence is […]

Baseball Blues: Sunday Games and the Law

There’s nothing like a Sunday afternoon baseball game. The stands are full of families, with children carrying gloves in the hopes of snagging a foul ball or, better yet, a home run ball! But it wasn’t always this way. During the early 1900s (and up until 1933), states’ blue laws prohibited baseball games being played […]

Join us for the 18th annual National Book Festival!

The Library of Congress is celebrating the 18th annual National Book Festival on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., the Convention Center will be bursting with activities for all ages from all of the Library’s divisions. Over 100 authors will join the celebration throughout the day including U.S. […]