American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

Use this guide for exhibition highlights in your language. Please follow these guides as you walk through the galleries. The photographs and directions should help you find your way.

More than just waging a war of independence, American revolutionaries took a great leap of faith and established a new government based on the sovereignty of the people. It was a radical idea that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy but in its citizens. Each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”

Begin your tour in the first section, just past the large button. The first objects are in the cases to your left.