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Voices and Votes - Faces of Change in American Democracy

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Civics +3 Age Levels High School (16 to 18 years old), Adults

Description: 

This learning lab introduces students to individuals who have shaped and participated in American democracy over time. Using a variety of resources, take in the stories and impact of Thomas Jefferson, Molly Pitcher, Thomas Paine, Richard Allen, William Apess, Wong Chin Foo, Alice Paul, Ella Baker, and Dolores Huerta.

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is an exhibition from Museum on Main Street traveling to rural American from 2020-2025. Voices and Votes is based on the exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith at the National Museum of American History. This learning lab can be used in conjunction with the exhibition or as a stand alone resource on the history of democracy.

Visit Smithsonian History Explorer to learn more!  

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Guiding Questions:

Who has influenced American democracy? Why did they participate in American democracy and what did they achieve? Have these people changed over time?

How have social movements changed American democracy throughout history?

How can individuals or groups take action to participate in American democracy?

What issues at a local, state, or national level affect your life? Can your participation in American democracy resolve those issues?

Who is participating in and influencing national, state, or local conversations about  American democracy today? Who would you add to this list?

Thomas Jefferson

National Portrait Gallery

Declaration of Independence Desk

National Museum of American History

Thomas Paine

National Portrait Gallery

Pamphlet, "Common Sense", 1776

National Museum of American History

Bishop Richard Allen

National Portrait Gallery

Money box used by Bishop Richard Allen

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wong Chin Foo

National Portrait Gallery

Alice Paul

National Portrait Gallery

Alice Paul’s "Jailed for Freedom" Pin

National Museum of American History

Alice Paul: Champion of Woman Suffrage

National Museum of American History

Black Delegates Challenge Mississippi Democrats

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Greensboro Lunch Counter

National Museum of American History

Dolores Huerta

National Portrait Gallery

Boycott Grapes Protest Button

National Museum of American History

What Will You Stand For?

National Museum of American History