American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith

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December 7, 2019 – March 27, 2020

What happens when a people decide to govern themselves? America’s national treasures come to life in this compelling exhibition that examines the bold experiment to create a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith explores the history of citizen participation, debate, and compromise from the nation’s formation to today. The exhibition focuses on the changing political ideals and principles of the nation, citizenship in a pluralistic society, and political participation and engagement.

American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith is the centerpiece of Project Democracy 20/20, a yearlong  initiative exploring American democracy through exhibitions, public programs and innovative community connections. Click here to learn more about Project Democracy 20/20