September 21, 2017

Today in History: Ralph Bunche


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“.

Legislation related to Ralph Bunche

Diplomats’ recollections of Ralph Bunche Frontline Diplomacy American Memory collection

Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey (PBS)

Oral histories related to the “Palestine question” Frontline Diplomacy American Memory collection

The Moral Conscience of the World: The United Nations and Palestine in 1947 webcast

Palestine historical maps

Palestine images

Historical newspaper coverage of Palestine 1836-1922

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.

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