Today in History–December 9–the Library of Congress features Nobel Peace Prize winner Ralph Bunche, who died on this date in 1971. This trailblazing U.S. diplomat took over as mediator of the Palestine mission in 1948 and successfully negotiated an end to the first Arab-Israeli War the following year. In addition to his work with the United Nations, Bunche served as a board member for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 22 years. Learn more about this peacemaker by visiting the Today in History section, then review the Library resources listed below related to Bunche and Palestine. You might also be interested in reviewing the United Nations ongoing work on the “question of Palestine“.
Diplomats’ recollections of Ralph Bunche Frontline Diplomacy American Memory collection
Oral histories related to the “Palestine question” Frontline Diplomacy American Memory collection
Selected Palestine primary sources (English descriptions from the World Digital Library)
Selected Palestine primary sources (Arabic descriptions from the World Digital Library)
For historical information about Palestine published in 1988 by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress and sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army, conduct a keyword search for “Palestine” in the Israel country study.
Note: The original intent of the series’ sponsor was to focus primarily on lesser-known areas of the world or regions in which U.S. forces might be deployed.