Citizenship

Citizenship will look at some of the most basic rights of citizenry established under the Constitution and how these rights have been interpreted, expanded, and challenged. An array of objects from the early 19th century to the present will illuminate the ongoing tensions between those who have argued for embracing a diverse citizenry that preserved their cultural heritage and those who believed in the need to create a more singular and unique American identity. 
 
This section will examine historic questions on what, if any, training, education, or values need to be instilled amongst the citizenry. Should there be a shared national narrative that expresses the values and ideals of the nation, and if so, what should it include?