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The American Battle Monuments Commission and the Commemoration of America’s D-Day Fallen

Today is the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy by Allied forces during World War II, usually referred to as D-Day.  The amphibious and airborne invasions secured a beachhead in northwestern France, which allowed for the rapid build up of forces needed to secure France’s liberation. The invasion was part of an overall strategic plan, Operation Overlord, […]

Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Lawyer, Educator, Suffragist

Washington, D.C. is a nexus for high achievers, accomplished folks, and never-satisfied attention-seekers. In the wash of history, some of Washington’s brighter lights get lost—especially those whose history gets lost because of intersectionality. Mary Ann Shadd Cary is a prime example; she was a polymath whose unswerving quest for equality made her less popular than […]

An Interview with Sarah Ettedgui, Foreign Law Intern

Today’s interview is with Sarah Ettedgui, a foreign law intern working with Nicolas Boring at the Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library of Congress. Describe your background. I was born in Montreal, Quebec, in Canada. My mother is Sephardic (Jewish of Moroccan and Spanish descent) and my father is Salvadoran, which has enabled me to […]

Happy Birthday Bernardo de Gálvez y Madrid–An Honorary U.S. Citizen

  Bernardo Vicente Apolinar de Gálvez y Madrid is one of those unsung heroes of American history.  Today, I would like to share a few highlights about this giant of Americana. Born on July 23, 1746, in Macharaviaya—a town and municipio in Málaga within the autonomous community of Andalusia, which is situated in the south […]

A Legal Battle Over Frozen Embryos in China

It is not uncommon for people nowadays to seek out assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), to conceive children. The technology allows freezing the embryos created through IVF for use at a later date, when for example fertility may become an issue. Disputes over who owns the frozen embryos may arise later, typically when […]