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American Democracy: 8 Key Takeaways

A free resource from the Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest.


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About this resource

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.

For more information about the event, visit the Histories of Democracy event page. For questions, please contact

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Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-4660

Twitter: @LepageCtr

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