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.
"The Lavender Song" (Das Lila Lied) is a Cabaret song from the Weimar Republic in Germany, 1920. The music was composed by Mischa Spoliansky, and the lyrics were written by Kurt Schwabach. Music by Mischa Spoliansky, original lyrics by Kurt Schwabach (1920)
On August 21st, 1790, President George Washington wrote a letter to Moses Seixas and the Hebrew congregation of Newport, Rhode Island. Washington was responding to a letter from Seixas that expressed hope that the newly formed United States would accord respect and tolerance to all of its citizens. Washington’s response promised not only tolerance, but full liberty of conscience to all, regardless of background and religious beliefs. Use the side arrows to scroll between the two photos.
On August 17th, 1790, Moses Seixas, an official of the Hebrew congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, delivered a letter to President George Washington, asking that the country accord respect and tolerance to all of its citizens, regardless of background and religious beliefs.