Belarus in the Congressional Record 1873–1994

This paper explores American political attention towards Belarus through the research of the Congressional Record, the most widely recognised published account of activities of the United States Congress. This study constitutes a contribution to the available resources for research on U.S. policy towards Belarus and Eastern Europe. The paper argues that the activity of the post-war migrants from the early 1950s to the collapse of the Soviet Union, drawing attention to the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (BSSR) as a country under the Soviet yoke, served as a domestic variable shifting attention of the American government to Belarus from being considered a voiceless territory under Russian influence to a separate country suffering from Communism and deserving national independence. 

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