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Teaching Guide

This teaching guide is designed to work as a companion to the exhibition book. The book and exhibition examine the nature of American democracy through a historical lens.

Cover of the American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith companion book

High school history teachers will appreciate the book's rich primary source materials and clear, concise narratives, with special focus on the American Revolution and the woman suffrage movement. Government teachers can review and reinforce essential aspects of citizenship with students through historical examples and personal narratives. Instructors in both content areas will find this a useful resource to enrich classroom instruction.

Included in this teachers’ guide are comprehension and broader discussion questions as well as activities based on the content and themes of each chapter. The book includes rich imagery that can serve as illustrations in readings and class discussions on related topics in American history. For recommendations on using objects and images with students, see our “Engaging Students with Primary Sources” teaching guide. If you'd like to learn how the exhibition fulfills U.S. History Standards for grades 5-12, please visit the museum's History Explorer website.