You’ve just learned about several civically engaged Americans who impacted democracy in the United States. Reflect on these case studies while discussing the points below.
Has your understanding of civic engagement changed as a result of learning about one or more of the people in this activity? If so, how?
How do you think modern U.S. society would be different if one, two, or all five of these people had not become civically active?
Although the subjects of your research are not particularly famous, their civic involvement eventually effected large-scale changes in American laws, institutions, and culture.
But an important thing to recognize is that all of them started by acting locally—in their own city, community, or place of work.