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ERIC Number: EJ727943
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Documents and Civic Duties
Potter, Lee Ann
Social Education, v69 n7 p385 Nov-Dec 2005
All of the documents featured in this article come from the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration. Primary source documents illustrate what is meant by responsible citizenship. The people who create documents as well as those who are featured in them can serve as models of civic behavior--both appropriate and inappropriate--whether they are performing a civic duty or, more specifically, exercising civic responsibility. The documents themselves can serve as tools for starting class discussions, encouraging research, prompting writing activities, and more. Civic duties and responsibilities are numerous. They include voting, serving on a jury, signing a petition, writing to a government official, paying one's taxes, being knowledgeable about current events, registering for the draft, serving in the military, being a law-abiding citizen, volunteering, addressing issues that affect the larger society, contributing to the common good, protesting injustice, passing on civic values to the next generation, and more. Government documents, in their almost infinite variety, feature individuals and groups performing such civic duties, and often more than one simultaneously. Here, the author presents examples of documents reflecting on civic duties. (Contains 1 resource.)
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Language: English
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