David Kurlander works as Special Assistant to Preet Bharara. He graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in History & Literature. He is an avid amateur archival historian of American political history and is excited to share some of his findings.
‘The Navy is a Ghost’: Puerto Rican Rights and the 1970s Battle for Culebra
‘What Is This, Disneyland?’: INS Official Harold Ezell’s Press-Focused War on Undocumented Immigrants
‘A Populist-Royalist’: The Political Successes of President Carter’s 1977 British Adventure
‘The Game is Different’: President Clinton’s 2000 Pushback to Candidate George W. Bush
‘No Longer the Chief Consideration’: John D. Rockefeller, Jr.’s Endorsement of Student Loans
‘The Irreconcilable Conflict’: The Hyde Amendment, the Courts, and the Use of Federal Funds for Abortions
‘Widespread Corporate Freeloading’: The Contract with America and the Debate Over the Corporate Alternative Minimum Tax
‘No Estimate Can Be Made’: The 1877 Patent Office Fire and the Fate of Federal Record-Keeping
‘The Sole Source of Nutrients’: The Syntex Scandal and Federal Regulation of Baby Formula
‘Mealy Mouthed Mollifiers of Militias’: The 1995 Congressional Reckoning with Paramilitary Groups
‘Dry Up This Vast Reservoir’: Saturday Night Specials and the 1972 Gun Control Battle
‘Some Startling Disclosures’: Herman and Betty Talmadge and the 1970s Political Alcohol Reckoning
‘Liberty Cannot Bloom Amid Hate’: The Retirement of Justice Thurgood Marshall and the Rightward Drift of the Supreme Court
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