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"I Have a Dream" Mobiles

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech with a mobile that inspires you to think about your own dreams.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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13th Amendment, Congressional Copy

This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.

Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads

In this online game, learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.

Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech

Students will investigate national election stump speeches and then create their own.

Amendment Cootie Catchers

This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher tests your knowledge of the first 10 amendments.

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American Flag Pinwheels

Show your patriotic pride with this festive stars-and-stripes-covered pinwheel.

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Art of the American Soldier Family Guide

This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American soldier through the eyes of combat artists.

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For: Families
Tags: History

Art of the American Soldier Student Guide

This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American soldier through the eyes of combat artists.

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Art of the American Soldier: Comparing and Contrasting Photography and Painting in War Art

Students will analyze artwork regarding the historical context of wars and conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
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For: Educators
Tags: History

Articles of Confederation

The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.

Ben Franklin Kites

Celebrate one of America's most famous Founding Fathers with a craft inspired by his kite experiment.

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For: Families
Tags: History

Bill of Rights

Students learn about the specific rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, one of our nation's most important documents.

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Bill of Rights

The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.

Bill of Rights Bingo

Get more familiar with the Bill of Rights with this simple bingo game.

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Brown v. Board of Education Word Puzzle

Learn about a landmark Supreme Court ruling with this word puzzle.

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Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline

Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline is an online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history.

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Cherry Tree Sun Catchers

Make a dazzling sun catcher inspired by the fabled story of George Washington and the cherry tree.

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Cipher Wheel

Use this cipher wheel to create your own secret code!

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For: Families
Tags: History

Citizenship and Character: Moderation Finding the Balance

In this lesson, students will consider the value of moderation and personal self-discipline in the context of the Founders.

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Constitution Hall Pass: Dollars and Sense: Tax Day

Learn how the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today.

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Tags: Government

Constitution Hall Pass: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy of Service

In this episode, we look at Dr. King’s legacy of service—and we’ll even learn about ways that you can serve your community.

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Constitution Hall Pass: Everything's Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day

In this popular episode, we explore the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday we know as Earth Day.

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Tags: Civics

Constitution Hall Pass: Freedom of Expression (Constitution Day 2011)

Learn about how the Constitution protects our rights and the freedom to express ourselves—out loud!

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Constitution Hall Pass: History of Thanksgiving

Discover the real story of the first Thanksgiving and how the day became a national holiday during the Civil War.

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Constitution Hall Pass: The Bill of Rights

Explore the compelling story of our Constitution’s first ten amendments.

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Constitution Hall Pass: The Judicial Branch (Constitution Day 2010)

Celebrate the writing of the Constitution by going inside the Convention at the National Constitution Center’s Signers’ Hall!

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Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency (Constitution Day 2012)

Just in time for the 2012 election, this engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency.

Constitution Word Puzzle

Learn about basic terms from the Constitution with this word puzzle.

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Creating Your Own Town Hall Poster

The National Constitution Center’s Town Hall posters and lessons are engaging ways to facilitate dialogue around important constitutional issues with students.

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Design Your Own Dollar Bill

This activity is perfect for commemorating Tax Day.

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Tags: Government

Design Your Own Flag

As you learn about the symbolism and importance of our America's flag, you can design your own flag.

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Earth Day Bingo

Get inspired about going green with this bingo game.

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Tags: Civics

Earth Day Cootie Catchers

This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher offers ideas for being an eco-friendly, active citizen.

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Election 2012 Student Guide

Follow this guide and see how your voice can be heard.

Fala Pins

Decorate your own Fala pin and wear it proudly to show your support for the country!

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Tags: History

Fighting for Democracy Student Guide

This guide examines the stories of seven individuals who fought for freedom by pursuing their dreams and standing up for their rights.

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Tags: History

Founding Fathers Word Puzzle

Learn about the signers of the U.S. Constitution with this word puzzle.

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Fourth of July

This lesson explores the history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day.

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Free to Be You

This lesson helps students understand how the First Amendment establishes key freedoms of expression for Americans.

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Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.

Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Learn more about the signers of the Constitution with these Founding Fathers biographies.

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Growing Up, American Style

This lesson helps students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.

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Headed to the White House

Here's your chance to run for president!

Lady Liberty Hats

Celebrate freedom by fashioning your own Lady Liberty hat.

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Liberty Bell Sun Catchers

Make a dazzling sun catcher to commemorate the Liberty Bell and the constitutional ideals it symbolizes.

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Lincoln Hats

Emulate our 16th president with your own version of his signature top hat.

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Tags: History

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.

Main Exhibition Student Guide: The Path to Responsible Citizenship

Explore the Center’s main exhibition and complete activities around the topic of responsible citizenship.

Mayflower Compact

This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.

Model White House

Make a mini model of the home of the nation's president.

Patriotic Wreaths

Decorate and customize a wreath for Independence Day, Flag Day, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day.

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Perspectives on the Constitution: Constitutions Around the World

A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Perspectives on the Constitution: Understanding Our Constitution

A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.

Preamble Scramble

Have fun getting to know the phrases of the Preamble while you unscramble the puzzle.

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President Masks

Discover your alter ego as President Abraham Lincoln or George Washington as you decorate your own presidential mask.

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Presidential Campaign Team

Your team is about to set off on a historic journey: running a presidential campaign!

Presidential Progress Report

This lesson allows students to research and assess the actions of the president.

Prohibition Era Dinner Party

Learn about the roles of historical figures during the Prohibition era by taking on their identities for a dinner party.

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Tags: History

Prohibition Pictionary

Use your skills to get classmates to identify and define which Prohibition era term you draw.

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Tags: History

Prohibition SMART Board Activity

Learn about Prohibition through informational slides and activities using the SMART Board platform.

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Ratifying States Word Puzzle

Learn about the states that ratified the Constitution with this word puzzle.

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Rhythm, Rhyme, Results: Educational Rap Songs

Engage students through rap and hip-hop music with the Center’s partner, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.

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Tags: Government

Roman Chariots

Do as the Romans did with these miniature gladiator-style chariots!

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For: Families
Tags: History

Separation of Powers

This lesson shows students firsthand how the three branches of government work together through separation of powers and checks and balances.

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Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs Student Guide

This "training manual" for the Constitutional Intelligence Agency will equip you with the skills to become one of our top agents.

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Tags: History

Springsteen and Freedom of Expression Crafts

Celebrate freedom of expression by designing your own album cover and making a guitar pin!

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For: Families
Tags: Civics

Springsteen and Freedom of Expression Student Guide

Explore how Bruce Springsteen uses music to voice his beliefs and express his opinions.

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Tax Day Cootie Catcher

In honor of Tax Day, this cootie catcher offers helpful tips on managing your personal finances.

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Tags: Government

Thank-A-Vet Postcards

Honor veterans for supporting and defending the Constitution and protecting our freedom by thanking them with a special postcard.

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The Constitution Happened Here

This interactive resource celebrates constitutional and local history in Philadelphia and beyond through student-generated multimedia content.

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Tags: History

The Constitution Happened Here Lesson Plans

This innovative, interactive resource is designed to uncover the vast wealth of history in our local communities.

The Constitution of the United States: En Espanol

Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Spanish.

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The Constitution of the United States: Fast Facts

Ten essential facts about the U.S. Constitution.

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The Constitution of the United States: First Public Printing

The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.

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The Constitution of the United States: Original Image

An image of the original handwritten, signed U.S. Constitution.

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The Constitution of the United States: PDF

The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file.

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The Constitution of the United States: PDF Translations

Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

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The Exchange: Are the Principles of the U.S. Constitution Reflected in Your School?

This lesson encourages students to review principles of the Constitution and compare it to their school system.

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The Exchange: Can Government Prohibit Citizens from Owning Handguns?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of gun control from different points of view.

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The Exchange: Is the Constitution colorblind?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of affirmative action from a variety of perspectives.

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The Exchange: Should a Clean and Healthy Environment Be a Constitutional Right?

This lesson encourages students to look at the issue of climate change and environmental regulation from a constitutional perspective.

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The Exchange: Should a Year of National Service Be Required for All Americans?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of compulsory national service from different points of view.

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The Exchange: Should Same-Sex Couples Have the Right to Marry?

This research and deliberation activity encourages students to look at the issue of same-sex marriage from different points of view.

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The Exchange: Should Students’ Cyber Speech Be Protected Under the First Amendment?

This lesson encourages students to deliberate on the issue of cyber speech and the First Amendment.

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The Exchange: Should the Government Make Sure That Every American Has Affordable Health Insurance?

This research and deliberation activity is designed to encourage students to look at the issue of health care reform from different points of view.

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The Exchange: Should the United States Reduce Immigration?

This research and deliberation activity is designed to encourage students to look at the issue of immigration reform from different points of view.

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The Exchange: When Should Increased Security Measures Outweigh Your Privacy Rights in School?

This lesson encourages students to deliberate on the issue of balancing privacy and security.

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The Federalist Papers

A series of newspaper articles drafted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, urging ratification of the new Constitution.

The Future of Race in America

Students will explore a hypothetical case about affirmative action and learn about landmark rulings like Gratz v. Bollinger.

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The History of Flag Day

This lesson encourages students to take a closer look at the American flag and its meaning.

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For: Educators
Tags: History

The History of Memorial Day

This lesson takes a closer look at the history of Memorial Day by examining World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War and their connections to this civic holiday.

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For: Educators
Tags: History

The Reconstruction Amendments

These three constitutional amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Essay

Learn about the background of the 18th Amendment, the players in the movement, and its eventual repeal.

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Tags: History

Town Hall Wall: "Under God" Under Debate

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the phrase "under God" be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance?

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Town Hall Wall: A Helping Hand?

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the federal government expand its control over the economy to restore economic health?

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Town Hall Wall: A Matter of Matrimony

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should same-sex couples have the right to marry?

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Town Hall Wall: An Alien Notion

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should non-citizens have the right to vote in local elections?

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Town Hall Wall: An Evolving Debate

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should "intelligent design" be taught in science classrooms alongside the theory of evolution?

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Town Hall Wall: An Indecent Proposal

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should Congress stiffen the penalties for television and radio broadcasters who violate FCC indecency standards?

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Town Hall Wall: Armed Conflict

This Town Hall Wall asks: Do America's cities have the right to ban handguns?

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Town Hall Wall: Birth of a New Precedent?

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should we amend the Constitution to let foreign-born U.S. citizens become president?

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Town Hall Wall: Capital Crimes

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the death penalty be abolished as cruel and unusual punishment?

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Town Hall Wall: Capital Gains

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the District of Columbia be given a vote in the House of Representatives?

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Town Hall Wall: College Exam

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the Electoral College be abolished in favor of a popular vote for president?

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Town Hall Wall: Coming to America

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should illegal immigrants be allowed to become citizens?

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Town Hall Wall: Deficit Dilemma

This Town Hall Wall asks: Will additional government spending hurt or help the economy?

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Town Hall Wall: Definition of Marriage

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the Constitution be amended to prohibit same-sex marriage?

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Town Hall Wall: Electoral Mandate

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should American citizens be required to vote?

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Town Hall Wall: Equal Measures

This Town Hall Wall asks: Is the U.S. Constitution colorblind?

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Town Hall Wall: Picture Perfect

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should states require voters to show photo identification to vote?

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Town Hall Wall: Primary Choices

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should states move up their 2008 presidential primaries to shorten the primary election season?

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Town Hall Wall: Religious Test

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should American Muslims be allowed to build a mosque and community center near the site of Ground Zero?

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Town Hall Wall: School Colors

This Town Hall Wall asks: Is racial balancing in public schools constitutional?

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Town Hall Wall: Spy Story

This Town Hall Wall asks: Does the president have the authority to order domestic surveillance without a court-issued warrant in times of war?

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Town Hall Wall: The Choice Is Yours

This Town Hall Wall asks: Tell us which party you'd like to control Congress after November's midterm elections.

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Town Hall Wall: War of Words

This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the president or Congress have the final say about the war in Iraq?

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Uncle Sam Hats

Celebrate freedom by making your own Uncle Sam hat.

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Virginia Declaration of Rights

Drafted by George Mason, this declaration of rights later became a model for other state constitutions and the Bill of Rights.

Voting Rights Word Puzzle

Learn about the history of voting rights with this word puzzle.

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We the School

We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.

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Where Will You Be on November 2?

In this lesson, students will consider the reasons that many Americans do not vote in national elections.

Which Founder Are You?

Take this quiz to discover which Founder you're most like!

Who Said It? Quote Match

Learn about the differences between the Founders’ and Progressives’ beliefs about government by sorting quotes from each group.

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Tags: History