Democracy thrives when informed, active, and humane citizens coexist with institutions that uphold the rule of law and shared values. Yet we see every day how fragile democracy can be. Investigate cornerstones of successful democracies, including religious freedom, a free press, media literacy, and living with difference.
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution, via this letter to the president of the organization, for barring Marian Anderson, African American opera singer, from singing at Constitution Hall. Anderson instead performed at the Lincoln Memorial to an integrated crowd of 75,000.
Marian Anderson, African American opera singer, performs for an estimated crowd of 75,000 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Barred from performing at Constitution Hall due to her race, Anderson instead performed at the Lincoln Memorial to an integrated crowd.
In this clip from American Creed, Marine Corps veteran Tegan Griffith responds to the question, “What does it mean to be American?” and shares the responsibility that she feels comes with her American identity.