Lecture Description

We tend to celebrate the most famous Americans. As important as these people are, the daily life of democracy happened in small towns across America as ordinary people, forgotten to history, stepped up to serve their communities. Neem offers a story about the ordinary citizens who contributed to the public good. A story that includes men and women, free and enslaved, rich and poor, it is about Americans who stepped up so that things could get done. They joined school committees, built roads, attended meetings, and cared for their neighbors. Some went on to fame, but most did not. Some went on to elected office, but most did not. These citizens express what it means to be a citizen in a democracy. At a time of intense partisan conflict, it is worth remembering that our democracy depends not just on those with the loudest voices, but those who take time out of their busy lives to do what needs doing in their communities.


1800-1865 Politics

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