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    2015-01-15

      The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues
    The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues

    On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 people marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington where they heard Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech destine...

    2014-10-31

      Election Day: Democracy in Action
    Election Day: Democracy in Action

    Election Day in the United States often arrives dressed as a carnival, ready to attract attention and excite voter interest.

    2014-10-21

      U.S. Democracy: Midterm Elections
    U.S. Democracy: Midterm Elections

    U.S. midterm elections, which occur in even-numbered years in the middle of a presidential term, determine which political party will control Congress for ...

    2014-10-16

      U.S. Supreme Court, Guardian of the Constitution
    U.S. Supreme Court, Guardian of the Constitution

    The Supreme Court of the United States is the ultimate arbiter of constitutionality and a check on the powers of the executive and legislative branches.

    2014-09-24

      Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria
    Heritage in Peril: Iraq and Syria

    Damage to historic sites in Iraq and Syria is rapidly destroying all evidence of ancient life and society. The United States is urging all parties, and the...

    2014-06-06

      Michelle Bachelet: Physician, Military Strategist, Head of State
    Michelle Bachelet: Physician, Military Strategist, Head of State

    She’s a political prisoner turned public servant who, as as a government minister and Chile’s president, worked to establish a stable democracy during the ...

    2014-03-24

      A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics
    A Practical Approach to Journalism Ethics

    A Poynter Institute expert provides practical examples of how to apply journalism ethics in the digital age.

    2014-03-06

      Starting and Maintaining a Blog
    Starting and Maintaining a Blog

    Whether you're a political junkie or a fashion maven, blogs provide a platform for you to voice your opinion and share your story.

    2013-09-30

      Poster: Four Freedoms: The Speech that Moved America
    Poster: Four Freedoms: The Speech that Moved America

    In 1941, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined his vision for a world founded upon four essential human freedoms.

    2013-08-28

      Overcoming Barriers to Equal Education
    Overcoming Barriers to Equal Education

    Many barriers to education persist. Learn how to overcome these barriers to help all students realize their full potential.

    2013-06-20

      The Constitutional Convention
    The Constitutional Convention

    Conflict and compromise marked the long, hot summer of 1787 in Philadelphia as delegates from 12 states worked out the Constitution of the United States.

    2013-05-15

      Intangible Cultural Heritage: A New Horizon for Cultural Democracy
    Intangible Cultural Heritage: A New Horizon for Cultural Democracy

    Held every summer on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival aims to preserve intangible cultural heritage.

    2013-04-22

      Freedom of Expression at a Glance
    Freedom of Expression at a Glance

    Learn more about the complexity of freedom of expression in the United States.

    2013-04-17

      Freedom of Expression in the United States
    Freedom of Expression in the United States

    Learn about the complexity of free expression in the United States.

    2013-03-15

      Freedom from Fear: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT Youth
    Freedom from Fear: Creating Safe Spaces for LGBT Youth

    Everyone deserves to live free from fear. Grass-roots organizations create "safe spaces" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

    2013-03-01

      Americans Speak Freely
    Americans Speak Freely

    Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez discusses America’s historic struggles with freedom of expression.

    2013-02-20

      More Than Words: Using Video to Inspire Change
    More Than Words: Using Video to Inspire Change

    Experts share their tips for developing, articulating and promoting a message with video.

    2013-01-07

      U.S. Presidential Transitions: Second Terms
    U.S. Presidential Transitions: Second Terms

    Second-term presidents need a strong administration because they often face tougher challenges working with Congress, whose leaders are familiar with the ...

    2013-01-07

      The U.S. Presidential Inauguration: An Exceptional Tradition
    The U.S. Presidential Inauguration: An Exceptional Tradition

    The rules for inaugurating U.S. presidents developed over time. Many traditional practices are not required by law but were introduced thanks to the perso...

    2012-12-26

      The Americans with Disabilities Act in Action
    The Americans with Disabilities Act in Action

    Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act continues to provide equal access and equal opportunity for all Americans — including those w...

    2012-12-13

      Gallaudet University: Widening Horizons for the Deaf
    Gallaudet University: Widening Horizons for the Deaf

    Gallaudet University in Washington is the only institute of higher learning whose programs are specifically designed for deaf people.

    2012-12-11

      Women as Agents of Peace
    Women as Agents of Peace

    The United States and some 30 other nations are working to achieve international goals to increase women's involvement in conflict resolution and peace-bu...

    2012-11-06

      Getting Involved and Making a Difference
    Getting Involved and Making a Difference

    From the staff members of local government officials to presidents in the Oval Office — everyone involved in the political process has a story about how h...

    2012-10-26

      Presidential Candidates and Campaign Biographies
    Presidential Candidates and Campaign Biographies

    Here are quick facts about the prominent participants in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

    2012-10-26

      What Happens After Elections
    What Happens After Elections

    U.S. elections are fought hard. Yet citizens expect that elections will be fair and the results respected, with a peaceful transition of power from one le...