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The Pivotal Public Documents Bundle

America, we’ve got feelings to feel, information to take in, and work to do.

Federal Reports on Police Killings: After a series of incidents in which police officers in Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, killed four unarmed African Americans–Laquan McDonald, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, and Michael Brown–resulting in widespread civic unrest and violent protests, the Department of Justice launched investigations into each incident, including in-depth probes into the police departments behind them. This is the complete and unexpurgated text of their findings.

Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality: In the Encyclical on Climate Change and Inequality, the beloved Pope Francis exhorts the world to combat environmental degradation and its impact on the poor. In a stirring, clarion call that is not merely aimed at Catholic readers but rather at a wide, lay audience, the Pope cites the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change, and does not hesitate to detail how it is the result of a historic level of unequal distribution of wealth.

The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: This is the complete official summary report of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation of CIA interrogation and detention programs launched in the wake of the 9/11 attacks — based on over six million internal documents, and detailing secret prisons, prisoner deaths, interrogation practices, cooperation with other foreign and domestic agencies, and charges that the CIA deceived elected officials and governmental overseers about the extent and legality of its operations.

The US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality:  The 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell et al. v. Hodges legalized gay marriage across the United States. This edition collects the widely quoted decision by Justice Kennedy, as well as the dissents of Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito. Of tremendous interest to general readers and students of American history, The US Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality is a milestone in the history of human and civil rights. It is an essential document of our times.

Farewell Speeches: The final speeches of the forty-fourth President of the United States, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama. Both speeches were instant and moving landmarks, as well as stirring testaments to the time this inspiring and beloved couple spent in the White House.