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On October 29, 2018, the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest convened a public conversation on American democracy in historical perspective.
Comprising historians and journalists, the conversation examined the promises and shortcomings of American democracy over time from a variety of perspectives. From the founding generation, to African Americans, Native Americans, and contemporary voters, understandings about democracy are more varied and complex than we may believe.
In follow-up to the event, Villanova University’s Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest has created a free resource, “American Democracy: 8 Key Takeaways.” We encourage teachers, students, and voters to use this resource as a starting point for their own conversations about the American democratic experiment: where it has delivered on the promises laid forth in its founding documents, and where it has fallen short.