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Learn more about how Eleanor Roosevelt developed and shared her position on basic human rights.
At the heart of Facing History's project on the Reconstruction era is our belief that the lifeblood of democracy is the ability of every rising generation to be active, responsible decision-makers. This website features a video series with accompanying lessons and primary source documen
In 1790, before the adoption of the First Amendment to the Constitution, President George Washington visited Newport, Rhode Island. Moses Seixas, an official of the Hebrew congregation of Newport, was among the representatives of the Newport community invited to welcome the President by reading a letter. This letter expressed hope that the newly formed government would accord respect and tolerance to all of its citizens, regardless of background and religious beliefs. Moved by Seixas’ letter, Washington penned a declarative and assertive reply in which he promised the new government would ensure not just tolerance, but full liberty of conscience to all.
The links on this page are suggested for teachers who would like to gain additional insight on sensitive topics that are relevant to the Reconstruction era. These links are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.
The teaching strategies on this page are referenced within The Reconstruction Era and the Fragility of Democracy unit.