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ON THE ROAD at The National Archives - Fighting For Democracy: Who is the "We" in "We, the People"?

January 29 - February 28, 2010


National Archives Experience
Washington, DC


About the Exhibition

Through the diverse perspectives of seven ordinary citizens whose lives and communities were forever changed by World War II, this exhibition asks visitors to think critically about freedom, history, and, ultimately, the ongoing struggle to live democratically in a diverse America.

Fighting For Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We, the People”? is presented by the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, an educational program of the Japanese American National Museum, to advance the understanding of, and commitment to, American democratic ideals. The Los Angeles exhibition opened in October, 2005, and was made possible with major support provided by the U.S. Army Center for Military History.


About the National Archives Experience

The National Archives Experience transformed the visitor experience at its historic building on the National Mall. The Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom has been improved, a permanent interactive exhibition installed, the new William G. McGowan Theater for programs and the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery for special exhibits built, the Boeing Learning Center opened, and a new presence online launched. The National Archives Experience is a public-private partnership between the Foundation for the National Archives and the National Archives.

The Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery features special exhibitions developed by the National Archives to explore newsworthy and timely topics. The Gallery also features traveling exhibitions from other National Archives facilities and other organizations.

National Archives Experience
Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets
Washington, DC 20408-0001

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For more information about the exhibition and a listing of other venues, to explore an online version, or to download the accompanying Educator’s Resource Guide, visit


The National Archives Experience is the fourth venue of a five-year, 10-city tour to display the traveling exhibition. Fighting For Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We, the People”? is made possible with major support provided by the U.S. Army Center for Military History. The traveling exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of The Boeing Company and the U.S. Army Center for Military History. The Washington, DC presentation is made possible with contributions by The Foundation for the National Archives.

PHOTO CREDITS – Bill: National Archives (018-T-44K-13); Carl: National Archives (NWDNS-127-MN-83714); Domingo: Collection of Domingo Los Baños (NCPD.17.2005.104); Frances: From the Frances Slanger Collection in The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University (NCPD.30.2005.24); George: Gift of Mary S. Tominaga, Japanese American National Museum (94.49.28); Hazel: The Woman’s Collection, Texas Woman’s University (MSS.358); Héctor: Dr. Héctor P. García Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Bell Library (NCPD.1.2004.30).



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