The ten winning student essays reflect on the stories and ideals that have helped shape the ways they think about their roles and responsibilities as engaged members of their communities.
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The letter exchange between George Washington and the Hebrew congregation of Newport was not the only landmark event in the early history of America that dealt with issues of religious freedom and identity. Seixas’ letter and Washington’s subsequent response exist within a timeline of many other events during which the newly formed country faced those issues. Continue reading below for information about some of those events.