Dear Civic Spirit Participants,
Below you will find three articles on the nature and responsibilities of citizenship in a democracy. As you read them, think carefully about how you would define the term “citizen”.
- What does it mean to live in a society that is designed to be governed by the people?
- How do you plan to prepare for inheriting the right to vote and holding the important role of citizen or member of society?
MUST READS FOR CIVIC SPIRIT DAY
- Aristotle — Writings from Politics, Book III (Written 350 B.C.E.)
- Theodore Roosevelt — Excerpts from his speech, “Citizenship in a Republic”, The Man in the Arena (Sorbonne, Paris on April 23, 1910)
- Danielle Allen — Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education (2004).
LEARN MORE ABOUT NATIONAL SERVICE
- Should a Year of National Service Be Required by All Americans? Study Lesson by the National Constitution Center.
- ‘You Don’t Have to Wear a Military Uniform to Serve Your Country’. The Atlantic. (July 20, 2016).
- Interim Report from the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service (Jan 23, 2019.)