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Modern America (1981-Present)

Why is the United States important to the whole world?

Topic 1: Activism to Fight AIDS

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources relating to AIDS activism.

photo of the AIDS quilt with the U.S. Capitol building in the background


Topic 2: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources relating to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989.

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Topic 3: Persian Gulf War: Female Veterans' Voices

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources and highlights women who served in Operation Desert Storm, or the Gulf War.

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Topic 4: Modern Immigration Stories

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources related to modern-day immigration.

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Topic 5: September 11th

This inquiry kit features Library of Congress sources examining the reasons for the energy crisis and the impact of the oil ban in the 1970s.

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