It's not too often the public gets to pick what the central component of a major museum exhibit but that's what the National Archives has in mind.
The agency has opened an online poll known as the Records of Rights where "history buffs, students, service organizations, and anyone else can choose the opening document to be displayed in the David M. Rubenstein Gallery "Records of Rights " exhibition on November 8, 2013.
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"Records of Rights" showcases original and facsimile National Archives documents -- everything from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution to the Bill of Rights -- that detail "how Americans throughout our history have debated and discussed issues such as citizenship, free speech, voting rights, and equal opportunity," the agency said.
According to the National Archives, the documents currently under consideration are:
- The 1868 joint resolution proposing the 14th Amendment to the states. The 14th amendment established the principle of "equal protection of the laws" and granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States.
- The 1971 certification of the 26th Amendment. The amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990, which expanded Federal civil rights laws to include disabled Americans and banned discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications.
- Executive Order 9981, 1948. Signed by President Harry S. Truman, this order desegregated the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The Immigration Reform Act, 1965. These amendments to a 1952 immigration law ended the country-based immigration quotas that had favored immigrants from western and northern Europe.
Voting is open now until October 14. Go here to vote.
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