Online Primary Sources for American History: The Iraq War

As we mark the 10th anniversary of this war, there are primary sources readily available. The National Security Archive has published three compilations of documents, each one accompanied by an essay that places the sources in context. These are government reports, notes and briefings, some secured under the Freedom of Information Act. The three collections are: The Iraq War–Part I: The U.S. Prepares for Conflict, 2001; The Iraq War–Part II: Was There Even a Decision?; and The Iraq War Ten Years After. The George W Bush volumes of the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States contain messages, remarks, speeches, letters of transmittal, writings, and addresses generated while performing his duties as President. The American Presidency Project also contains the Public Papers and includes many YouTube videos of his addresses. The CIA site offers access to testimony and speeches. Archived news coverage is at Media and Iraq while C-SPAN provides hundreds of Congressional hearings and programming on Iraq. Interviews with Iraq War veterans can be found at the Veterans History Project and The New York Times section A War, Before and After.

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