Smithsonian and Zócalo Public Square presents Do We Still Know How to Be Good Citizens?
Americans talk a lot about the importance of good citizenship. But what does it mean to be a good citizen? By many measures, people may be falling short. American voter turnout is low compared to other nations, and in online discussion people are quick to attack others who disagree with other people's points of view. How have Americans defined and lived citizenship, past and present? Are they really less civil now than they were in previous eras?
The Washington Post “Civilities” columnist Steven Petrow, Texas A&M University historian of American political rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca, Western Washington University historian of civil society and author of Creating a Nation of Joiners Johann N. Neem, and former Oklahoma Congressman Mickey Edwards discuss whether it’s possible - and if, so, how - to raise American standards of citizenship.
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