Today’s post comes from Anna Lewis, social media intern in the Education and Public Programs division.
Give your students the chance to make history!
We want you AND your students to vote for the first landmark document to be displayed in our new exhibition. “Records of Rights” opens December 10 at the National Archives in Washington, DC. We display the Charters of Freedom—the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights—year round, but the rights laid out in those documents didn’t always apply to all Americans. “Records of Rights” will highlight the struggle for voting rights, equal opportunities, free speech and citizenship.
You and your students’ votes will help decide the very first special featured document displayed for the over 1 million visitors to the National Archives each year. Some documents, such as the Emancipation Proclamation and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, are already scheduled to be displayed later to highlight special events and anniversaries.
Which of these five important documents do you and your students think deserves to go on display first? Vote now!
Polls are open until November 15, 2013. Vote as many times as you want for your opportunity to make history!
And if you’re interested in teaching with these documents, you can find them on DocsTeach: the Joint Resolution Proposing the Fourteenth Amendment, Certification of the 26th Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Executive Order 9981 in which President Truman banned the segregation of the Armed Forces, and documents related to Immigration Reform of 1965.