American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith Exhibition Book
This lavishly illustrated book explores democracy from the Revolution to the present using objects from the National Museum of American History. Examples include the portable writing box that Thomas Jefferson used while composing the Declaration of Independence, the inkstand with which Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation, Susan B. Anthony's iconic red shawl, and many more. Not only famous voices are presented: like democracy itself, the book and the exhibition preserve the voice of the people by showcasing campaign materials, protest signs, and a host of other items from everyday life that reflect the promises and challenges of American democracy throughout the nation's history.
Politics and Voting
Use these resources from the National Museum of American to explore politics and voting with your students. Lessons cover everything from political comic books to an in-depth investigation of voting methods and machines.
American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
America’s national treasures come to life in this Smithsonian History Explorer exhibition and accompanying teacher’s guide. Through objects such as Thomas Jefferson’s portable desk and the inkstand Lincoln used to draft the Emancipation Proclamation, students will explore the history of citizen participation, debate and compromise from the nation’s formation to today.
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