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POL 429 Race and Politics: U.S. Government

Sources for this class.

U.S. Government

U.S. Government Information Resources
The U.S. Government is the world's largest publisher and produces a variety of historical and contemporary information on topics for this class. Purdue Libraries are a depository for U.S. Government documents and general information about our collections can be found here. Print copies of many U.S. documents are found on the first floor of the HSSE Library periodical stacks. U.S. Government documents are classified using the Superintendent of Documents (SuDoc) classification system which arranges publications alphabetically by the agency producing them. General information on the SuDoc system can be found HERE.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, produced by the U.S. Govt. Publishing Office, provides access to U.S. Government publications distributed from 1976-present with most recent documents freely available online.

Other useful U.S. Government information resources for this class include:

United States Government Manual (Annual directory of federal agencies and their key officials.)

U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (Federal agency responsible for enforcing federal statutes prohibiting racial, sexual, religious, disability, or national orientation discrimination.)
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Independent agency investigating citizen complaints of discriminatory practices or denials of equal protection.)
Civil Rights Commission Historical Publications (Contains full text online archive of commission publications from 1957-present.)  (Contains the full text of U.S. Government laws, regulations, and congressional bills from 1993-present.)
House of Representatives Judiciary Committee HSSE DOC Y 4.J 89/1 (Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN) is a member of this committee.
Senate Judiciary Committee HSSE DOC Y 4.J 89/2
(Congressional committees are responsible for approving and revising legislation, overseeing federal program management performance, and funding federal programs.)
Congressional Information Service (CIS) Index HSSE REF 328.73005 C76
(Indexes congressional committee hearings and other publications and the legislative histories of public laws.)
Congressional Record (Online here 1873-present. Transcript of congressional debates, recorded votes, and legislative information.)

Congressional Research Service (CRS) (Library of Congress 2018-present)

Facial Recognition Technology and Law  Enforcement:  Selected Constitutional Considerations is a September 24, 2020 CRS report
U.S. Census Bureau (Compiles demographic and socioeconomic statistics on the U.S. population including ethnic groups.)
Dept. of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics (Compiler of immigration statistics.)
Bureau of Justice Statistics (Justice Dept's statistical division compiling statistics on crime and criminal justice.)
United States Sentencing Commission (Independent judicial branch agency responsible for setting sentencing policies for individuals committing federal crimes and conducting research on federal crime & sentencing issues.)
United States Supreme Court (Contains the full text of Supreme Court opinions late 1991-present, some oral argument transcripts, and other information.)

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